Land locked in for local GP Superclinic

Site of the planned GP Superclinic. d401388
Site of the planned GP Superclinic. d401388

A spokeswoman for the Rockingham Kwinana Division of General Practice (RKDGP), that will operate the new clinic, said the group had signed a sales contract and paid a deposit on the Civic Boulevard land.

‘The tender process for a designer is now complete, with RKDGP selecting a preferred designer and the construction process and construction tenders will begin later this year,’ she said.

The clinic, on the corner of the boulevard and Central Promenade, is likely to be three-storeys due to caveats on the land.

Negotiations between the City of Rockingham and RKDGP over the transfer of the 1254sqm lot for $670,000 delayed the project earlier this year.

In May, Brand MHR Gary Gray and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said there was no guarantee the clinic would be built under a Coalition government if there was a change of government at the September 14 poll.

However, Brand Liberal candidate Donna Gordin said if elected, the Liberal party would honour existing GP Superclinic contracts, like Rockingham.

A shortage of GPs and other medical staff in WA could force the clinic to seek staff from interstate or overseas.

Primary Health Care operates the Rockingham Medical Centre just 100m from the site of the GP super clinic.

Australian Medical Association WA president and Port Kennedy GP Richard Choong said there were 400 extra GPs needed in the metropolitan area up from 300 in November.

Dr Choong said he believed RKDGP would appropriately staff the clinic.