- $3.2 million major redevelopment improves primary health care services for Aboriginal community
- Noonkanbah among four Kimberley region clinics upgraded in 2013
A $3.2 million redevelopment of the Noonkanbah Health Clinic in the Kimberley region is delivering high quality care to people living in the remote community, 135 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing.
Health Minister Kim Hames, who officially opened the clinic today, said the major redevelopment of the Noonkanbah health service was part of a $22.2 million State Government Royalties for Regions Remote Indigenous Health Clinics initiative.
"The clinic is one of eight facilities in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions selected for replacement or upgrading," he said.
"This high quality and improved community health service now includes an emergency treatment room, ambulance entrance, two new specialist consult rooms, a secure pharmacy and upgraded waiting areas.
"It has been well patronised by the local community since its completion in 2013 and is helping to improve health outcomes and address health inequities in one of Western Australia's most isolated communities."
Dr Hames said staff and the local community considered the service more accessible and inviting and, as a result, the number of patients receiving health care services was increasing.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions Remote Indigenous Health Clinics initiative had significantly improved health service infrastructure at Kimberley indigenous communities including Mulan, Billiluna, Bayulu and Yandeyarra in the Pilbara region.
"This initiative enables each health clinic to cater to the priorities and needs of its local community," Mr Redman said.
"Access to quality primary health care services is crucial to the improvement of Aboriginal health and to help close the gap in life expectancy."
- The WA Country Health Service is responsible for 32 remote indigenous health clinics across WA
- The $22.2 million remote health clinics project has also established facilities at Kimberley indigenous communities at Mulan, Bayulu and Billiluna
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
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