Federal election: Labor promises $18m health clinic for Yanchep

Health is looming as a battleground ahead of the Federal election.
Health is looming as a battleground ahead of the Federal election.

THE Federal Opposition has promised to invest about $18 million in a health clinic in Yanchep as part of its election campaign.

If elected, the Opposition promised it would build a $18.2 million multidisciplinary health clinic with GPs and allied health professionals, nurse practitioner and midwife consulting rooms, treatment rooms, and education and training rooms.

A local clinic would lower emergency department presentations and preventable hospitalisations, positively impacting on chronic disease management and other health issues.

Kim Travers and Catherine King.

“When I speak to people in the Yanchep region, they tell me that they have to drive to Joondalup or even Sir Charles Gairdner hospitals for treatment that this multidisciplinary clinic will be able to provide,” Pearce Labor candidate Kim Travers said.

Two Rocks-Yanchep Residents Association secretary Lorraine Jackson said a clinic would provide additional health services to the growing population in Yanchep and Two Rocks.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the Coalition Government had provided record hospital funding in WA.

“It has gone up 81 per cent since Labor was last in charge – from $1.02 billion in 2012-13 to $1.85 billion in 2017-18,” he said.

“As part of the Liberal Government’s new national hospital agreement between 2020 and 2025, WA public hospitals will receive an additional $3.5 billion in federal funding.

“I have been working hard with the Yanchep community to secure real funding for the Yanchep health centre, and I will continue to advocate for this critical project.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised more than $112 million for WA’s health system on Monday, but Mr Porter said Labor had rebadged funding it had already announced.