Regional West Australians benefit from $43.4m health boost
Residential property dwellers in regional areas of Western Australia will no doubt be familiar with the challenges that come with living in isolated regions - such as a lack of vital services and employment opportunities.
Having access to quality and adequate healthcare is one such obstacle that may face those who resided in rural parts of the state, with the nearest medical facilities often located hundreds of kilometres away.
With this in mind, those looking for rural real estate in WA may be interested in checking out the towns of Cunderdin and Pingelly after the state government announced they will be the first communities to trial new primary healthcare centres.
Announcing the multimillion-dollar initiative yesterday (January 23), health minister Kim Hames said the facilities are likely to have a GP working alongside medical specialists, allied health professionals and diabetes educators.
"This is a unique approach to health care planning, as the communities' needs will dictate the services, rather than us trying to impose a 'one size fits all' approach," Mr Hames explained.
"If needed, additional health professionals could be contracted to the town and some specialist care could be provided using Telehealth equipment at the centres."
The centres are funded under the $565 million Southern Inland Health program which aims to boost healthcare services in regional communities.