Federal Government announces $10.4m for Yanchep Health Clinic

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YANCHEP is set to get a $20.8 million health centre, with the Federal Government announcing it will fund half the project.

The State Government will contribute $8.1 million to the Yanchep Health Centre project, with another $2.3 million coming from Edith Cowan University.

The centre is expected to establish a model of primary health care that is patient-centric, technology enabled, and able to meet the current and future needs of the Yanchep community and surrounding areas.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter welcomed the announcement and said the centre would address a healthcare gap in the area.

“WA’s northern suburbs have undergone, and continue to undergo, significant population growth,” Mr Porter said.

“The Yanchep Health Centre will provide multidisciplinary health services to residents who would otherwise have to travel in order to access these critical services.

“I’m incredibly proud to see this project become a reality, having worked on it for a number of years with ECU and Yanchep Beach Joint Venture.

“This is real money in a real budget.”

The facility will form an integrated and multidiscipline health centre in the Yanchep city centre within walking distance of the future train station.

It will have space for medical clinics, allied health and GP services, nurse practitioner and community mid wife consulting rooms, treatment rooms as well as education and training rooms.

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

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

“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.