Residents living in Joondalup, Wanneroo and surrounding areas will have access to a local public dental clinic within a year, Health Minister Bob Kucera announced today.
Making the announcement after a regional cabinet meeting in Joondalup, Mr Kucera said architects had been appointed to design the $1.35million clinic and planning had commenced.
“The new 10-chair clinic will be located next to the Community Health Centre at the Joondalup Health Campus, which provides a central and convenient point of access for patients,” he said.
“Construction on the clinic is expected to begin in September, with work completed by March 2004.
“Up to 10,000 eligible patients will be treated at the clinic each year for procedures including emergency, denture, general and preventive dental care.”
Joondalup MLA Tony O’Gorman said the people of Joondalup, Wanneroo and surrounding areas would have access to a local public dental clinic for the first time.
“I recently conducted a health survey and people responded overwhelmingly in favour of a local public dental clinic,” Mr O’Gorman said.
“The clinic will employ up to 24 dedicated staff, including qualified dentists, dental nurses and receptionists.”
Wanneroo MLA Dianne Guise said the establishment of the clinic was great news for all residents living in and around Wanneroo and Joondalup who previously had to travel to either Warwick or Swan dental clinics to access public services.
“Wanneroo and Joondalup are growing cities and it is vital that public dental services are provided locally,” Ms Guise said.
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