The Morrison Government will provide a $750,000 capital grant for a new medical centre in Kojonup to provide the very best health care to people in the Great Southern.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced the funding, which adds to a $530,000 bequest from Kojonup farmer George Church and a contribution from the Kojonup community.
“Attracting health professionals to regional towns can be challenging, but construction of a new Medical Centre will help create a modern space to cater for the needs of doctors and allied health professionals,” Minister Hunt said.
“This investment demonstrates our commitment to improving health services throughout regional Australia and building a world class health system.”
The new facility will contain eight clinical rooms to accommodate GP’s and allied Health Professionals servicing Kojonup and surrounding areas including provision for eHealth, Aboriginal Health, Occupational Therapy, Drug and Alcohol and Domestic Violence programs.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the announcement, which will ensure people in the Great Southern have a brand new facility that will be an enduring legacy of George Church and his wife Trish, who was a long-time nurse in the region.
“The new medical centre will provide synergies with the Kojonup and Katanning hospitals, and the adjacent Springhaven aged care facility,” Mr Wilson said.
“Employment opportunities will be generated for the region by attracting and retaining quality health services.
“People in regional areas should expect the same level of quality health care that is available in the city.
“It’s important our senior citizens can stay in their community and receive the care they need, rather than relocating to metropolitan areas.
“Families need reliable and sustainable access to quality health care for all stages of family life.
“GP’s and young health professionals will also gain a fantastic opportunity to live and work in a thriving regional community.
“This medical centre has been a labour of love for a community determined to see a lasting legacy to much-respected farmer George Church and his beloved wide Trish.
“I am proud to have helped deliver such a valuable asset for the town of Kojonup and its surrounding shire.”
Construction of the new Kojonup Medical Centre is expected to start in August and be completed by April 2020.