Views from inside new ECU health centre

The new ECU health centre. Picture: Emma Goodwin
The new ECU health centre. Picture: Emma Goodwin

FROM the ECU Health Centre in Wanneroo, the spires of the university’s award-winning Chancellery Building across the expanse of Lake Joondalup can be seen reaching towards the sky.

With its 360-degree views, the Dundebar Road site overlooks the Wanneroo town centre and Civic Chambers in the west, Aquamotion in the south and surrounding bushland to the east and beyond.

ECUcommunity-based Health Initiatives Director and our tour guide Julian Henderson points out each general practitioner’s room is designed on the outer edges of the building to take advantage of the views.

Mr Henderson leads us through what will become the pharmacy on the ground floor up to the after-hours clinic, with capacity to run independently .

The after-hours clinic faces the east with views over the Wanneroo Pioneers Walkway and Wall of Honour memorial.

Mayor Tracey Roberts, who joined the tour, said the town centre ” with access to transport, the civic chambers and local amenities ” was the perfect place for the ECU project.

‘We’ve worked very closely with ECU to make this vision a reality,’ she said. ‘The view of the memorial gives this project a sense of place in Australia’s fastest growing local government.’

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health Advancement) and Professor of Mental Health Cobie Rudd said the centre was an answer to issues highlighted by residents during the local 2020 Summit held in Wanneroo in 2008.

‘This idea came from the community,’ she said. ‘It was clear they wanted integrated and community- based health services focused on a holistic approach to health.’

Other features of the design include lockers and shower rooms on every floor to encourage staff to cycle to work, as well as an outside waiting ‘room’ in the GP and emergency access ambulance bay.

The $22 million centre will operate until late when first open, with the aim of becoming a 24-hour facility as soon as possible.

It is on schedule and budget to open in late September.

The three-storey building, on Dundebar Road, will house the Wanneroo GP Super Clinic and feature a pharmacy and pathology collection as well as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and dietetics’ services.

Edith Cowan University invested $12 million towards the centre with federal and state governments providing $10 million.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox said the facility would support ECU’s teaching and research while increasing access to primary care services locally.

The university is in negotiations with a range of other health service providers who might also move into the Centre ” these include existing local services as well as new services to the area.

ECU will relocate its Psychological Services Centre from the Joondalup campus.