The Kalgoorlie-Boulder community will have access to improved medical facilities and services, with a major redevelopment of Plaza Medical Centre now complete.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP and Principal Practitioner Dr Kylie Sterry will unveil the revamped practice at an official launch today.
The $1.115 million project has seen a significant expansion of the existing facilities, providing an additional eight rooms and doubling the current floor plan to 608m2.
Training opportunities for medical students and GP registrars will be greatly enhanced by the construction of a larger treatment room, allowing more room for supervised procedures.
Plaza Medical secured $300,000 from the Federal Government under the Rural General Practice Grants program, which aims to enable more doctors and other health workers to get their hands-on training in rural and regional communities.
Mr Wilson said in addition to significantly improving facilities available to the community, developing a greater capacity for training opportunities would deliver long-term benefits for service delivery in the Goldfields.
“We know that GPs and other medical practitioners are far more likely to pursue a career in the regions if they have access to further training opportunities during that time,” he said.
“The Government is putting a real focus on enhancing those opportunities in order to give young doctors an introduction to practicing in country areas, where we face unique challenges in the provision of healthcare, and attracting and retaining a health workforce.
“It’s great to see Kalgoorlie-Boulder benefiting from this initiative.
“The team at Plaza Medical have undertaken a visionary project to transform this practice into a state-of-the-art facility and on behalf of the Government, I’m extremely pleased to support this project.”
Through the provision of greater training opportunities, Dr Sterry said Plaza Medical aimed to provide a comprehensive, professional and holistic service to the Goldfields community.
“The treatment room facility can now accommodate reviewing and treating up to three patients at a time which has allowed us to expand the clinical experience and workload of our nurses, including our new registered nurse Bryony.
“Bryony was able to complete her RN training whilst continuing to work in the Goldfields as an Enrolled nurse.
We aim to reduce the burden on the local emergency department with an “on the day” nurse and doctor service available to our patients.”
Plaza Medical was among 67 practices offered grants across the nation, with a total of $13.1 million distributed under the Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program.