A new community clinic at Yandeyarra in the Pilbara, that will provide primary health care for remote Aboriginal communities, has been completed and is now in operation.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the replacement clinic was part of the $22.2 million Remote Aboriginal Health Clinics project made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
"Yandeyarra is one of up to eight clinics selected for upgrading or replacing in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions through the project that was established in 2011," Dr Hames said.
"The upgraded facilities at Yandeyarra, including a new consultation and treatment room, a multi-purpose group room, records room, separate waiting areas, patient ensuites and cleaning and storage spaces, provide better access to health care services for Aboriginal community members.
"In addition, a two-bed self-contained accommodation unit for staff has also been built to replace the previous staff accommodation that was in poor condition."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was important that people living in remote areas of the State had improved access to high-quality health services, reducing the need for people to travel to larger regional or metropolitan areas.
"Investing in appropriate health clinic infrastructure and services in remote locations is critical to the ongoing viability of regional Western Australia," Mr Redman said.
"The Yandeyarra clinic will provide efficient health services targeted to the local community, and assist in recruiting and retaining health professionals for consistent service delivery.
"The Royalties for Regions investment in the Remote Aboriginal Health Clinics project contributes towards bringing positive health outcomes for our remote communities."
- Yandeyarra is located 140km south-east of Port Hedland
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700