$12 million for redevelopment of Dongara and Mullewa health services
Community consultation to start end of this month
Southern Inland Health Initiative made possible by Royalties for Regions
Extensive refurbishments will convert Mullewa Health Service and the Dongara Eneabba Mingenew Health Service into contemporary primary health centres, creating fit-for-purpose health facilities for local communities.
The $12 million refurbishments are part of the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Health Minister Kim Hames said innovative primary health centre facilities would help to address the increasing incidence of chronic health conditions and support the attraction and retention of GPs in the regions.
"The new primary health centre model being introduced at Mullewa and Dongara will focus on delivering an extensive range of primary health services focused on the promotion of good health, the prevention and early detection of illness, and effective management of chronic disease," Dr Hames said.
"The primary health model offers a sustainable solution for delivering health services that meet the needs of the local community into the future."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new primary health centres would provide a greater range of services specific to the needs of local communities.
"These modern facilities will help ensure we can continue to attract and retain quality medical professionals into the Mid-West region," Mr Redman said.
"A robust health service will contribute towards a better quality of life and I am pleased Royalties for Regions is delivering tangible benefits to regional residents."
The next phase of the planning process is community consultation. Community members are invited to attend information sessions at 4.30pm on Wednesday March 30 at the Mullewa District Office and at 5pm on Thursday March 31 at The Ocean Room, Dongara Recreation Centre.
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700