Medical centre funding closer

An artist’s impression of proposed Chittering health facility
An artist’s impression of proposed Chittering health facility

Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt chose the project as one of five in the state to be given priority to submit an application for Regional Development Australia funding.

The shire intends to construct a multi-purpose community health centre near Ferguson House on Great Northern Highway, which would co-locate the current community medical services as well as accommodate additional health services.

Shire chief executive Gary Tuffin said the proposed facility would include five consulting rooms and two treatment rooms as well as a reception area.

He said the practice administration would have a confidential records area along with a patient privacy area and staff room.

‘The project has been around for the past 10 years, but the reason it is so urgent now is the current facilities are no longer fit for the purpose,’ Mr Tuffin said. ‘It has got to a point where all the services ” physiotherapy, Silver Chain, dietician, early childhood and basic primary health services ” cannot operate on the same day due to space restrictions,’ he said.

The funding would enable the scale of the building to be increased, he said.

‘We would like to build some future capacity into the project.’

The project has already secured the financial support of the shire and $842,000 through the Country Local Government Fund but Mr Tuffin said the council hoped RDA would provide $450,000 toward the project. It is anticipated the facility would open by late 2014.