An official opening event was held today (April 28) at Karratha's new GP Super Clinic just a few weeks after a similar event held to open the city's new St John Ambulance WA sub centre.
Together with the State Government's significant investment in the Karratha Health Campus, which will replace Nickol Bay Hospital, the new facilities will help deliver improved health care outcomes for people in the City of Karratha.
The Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project and Pluto LNG have together contributed $3 million towards the $13 million GP Super Clinic and $2 million to the $4 million St John Ambulance WA sub centre.
Both investments were made through the Karratha Infrastructure Strategy.
The Pilbara Health Network (PHN) is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation responsible for the new GP Super Clinic, which will be known as Karratha Central Healthcare.
Narda Schneider, the chair of PHN's board, said she was very pleased the facility was now open to the public.
"The mission of the Super Clinic is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to health care, inclusive of GP services, allied health, chronic disease clinics and programs to support Aboriginal and mental health issues," Narda said.
"The intent is to provide a holistic health care service to Karratha and the surrounding areas, while supporting the existing local services. We like to think of it as a 'step change' in health care service delivery."
Speaking at the official opening, Woodside's Chief Operating Officer Mike Utsler said the new facility will significantly add to the liveability of Karratha and respond to community demand for professional, accessible health services.
"We know that access to health professionals is one of the key influencing factors in families' satisfaction with regional living, and we believe the GP Super Clinic will be a huge step forward in service delivery," Mike said.
Other project partners:
Karratha GP Super Clinic
Commonwealth Department of Health (through the GP Super Clinics Program)
University of Western Australia
Pilbara Health Network
City of Karratha
Karratha St John Ambulance WA sub centre
St John Ambulance WA
The Karratha Infrastructure Strategy commenced in 2009 with aim of making Karratha a better place to live and work by supporting and funding community infrastructure projects in collaboration with community organisations, the public sector and industry.
Woodside (through the North West Shelf Project and Pluto LNG) have invested more than $18 million to projects in four key areas – children, health, education, and recreation and culture.