Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Funding Boost Helps Those Most In Need
Victor P Taffa
More people in need will be able to see a general practitioner (GP) and receive vital medical care thanks to a State Government funding boost announced today.
Health Minister Kim Hames said more than $1.1 Million had been allocated to three programs offering services to at-risk groups across the Perth Metropolitan Area.
The State Government promised $8.4 Million across four years at the last election to improve access to GPs.
Dr. Hames said the three successful programs offered innovative ways to help reach people with special health needs.
The Fremantle Street Doctor Program will receive $310,000 over two years to extend the hours of a mobile clinic for homeless, transient and other people who find it difficult to visit a GP in the Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville areas.
“The service has a pool of GPs and nurses who are committed to improving the health of this group of people who often have multiple health needs with little or no income, in the Fremantle area.” the Minister said.
The Perth Mobile GP will receive $580,000 over two years to open an extra nine clinics each week at hostels and drop-in centres to treat patients with chronic disease, who in the past have not received regular medical care.
The clinic in Bentley will get $220,000 over two years to provide GP- led services for refugees and migrants for two days a week for six months, then extending to three days.
Dr. Hames said the Government was constantly looking at new ways to provide quality and accessible Primary Health Care.
“Extending primary care services means more people in the community get the type of care that meets their needs and personal circumstances.” the Minister said.
“These are important programs that help to make sure at-risk West Australians receive the best possible Health Care.” Dr. Hames said.