New health centre to provide services and jobs

A new health centre with medical clinics close to the Yanchep train station should be completed in October 2022. File picture

A NEW health centre within walking distance of the proposed Yanchep train station should be completed in October 2022, according to the McGowan Government.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the centre would provide Yanchep residents with patient-centred care options closer to home.

The Edith Cowan University (ECU) health centre will provide the Yanchep community with a multidisciplinary health centre with space for medical clinics, allied health and GPs on site, nurse practitioner and community midwife consulting rooms, treatment rooms and education and training rooms.

The centre will provide services to address health issues being faced by the local community including chronic disease and high rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations.

It will operate as a public-private partnership, with an in-kind land contribution provided by Yanchep Beach Joint Venture through a 99-year lease and may also be a site for a future urgent care clinic.

The McGowan Government has committed $8.1 million to develop the new health centre, which will complement funding provided by the federal government ($10.4m) and ECU ($2.3m).

Mr Cook said the announcement was in addition to $96m committed to expand Joondalup Health Campus and took total health investment by the government, in the northern corridor, to $104.1m.

Butler MLA John Quigley said the $20.8m Yanchep health centre had been a long time coming.

“Yanchep has been crying out for better health services and more job opportunities – this provides both in spades,’’ he said.