Shorten promises money for Yanchep health clinic

Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers says if elected a Shorten government will commit $18.2m for a new health clinic for Yanchep.

A SHORTEN Labor Government has promised if elected to invest almost $20 million in a new health clinic in Yanchep, as part of a $112 million West Australian hospitals package.

Labor’s candidate for Pearce Kim Travers said Yanchep residents faced significant challenges in accessing health care, with the nearest hospital more than 30km from many residential areas.

She said federal Labor would build a new $18.2 million multidisciplinary health clinic, which would include GPs and allied health professionals, nurse practitioner and midwife consulting rooms, treatment rooms, and education and training rooms.

“A more accessible multidisciplinary health clinic will lower emergency department presentations and preventable hospitalisations, positively impacting on chronic disease management and other health issues,’’ she said.

“As someone who grew up in regional WA, I know how important it is to have access to quality health care and services nearby.

“When I speak to people in the Yanchep region, they tell me that they have to drive to Joondalup or even Sir Charles Gairdner Hospitals for treatment that this multidisciplinary clinic will be able to provide.”

Two Rocks-Yanchep Residents Association secretary Lorraine Jackson welcomed the news about the clinic.

“This new health clinic is exactly what the growing population of Yanchep Two Rocks needs and will provide essential mental and additional health services to our community,” she said.

Ms Travers said Labor’s $112.4m WA investment blitz would overhaul outdated regional hospitals, upgrade surgery facilities, provide new palliative care beds, and boost emergency capacity and dental services.

“Labor will also restore core funding to every public hospital, reversing Scott Morrison’s cuts.

“We can afford these investments because we’ve made tough decisions to make multinationals pay their fair share and close unfair tax loopholes.

“Labor is more than reversing the Liberal cuts with our $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund, which we will use to fund these vital projects.’’