Funds for medical services

Medical practices throughout the region will receive more than $300,000 in funding to expand and improve healthcare facilities.

The Federal Government’s rural general practice grants program has allocated funds to the Busselton Medical Practice, Sunshine Medical Centre and Augusta Clinic to help improve health services through additional infrastructure and increased levels of teaching and training for health practitioners.

Busselton Medical Practice received more than $16,000 from the grant to fund renovation within the practice.

Practice manager Jill Pontague said renovations would include a dedicated training room for the use of GP registrars and medical students to enhance their training experience.

“An important part of increasing consultation skills is to have a well set-up room with everything to hand,” she said.

“Here they will have a home base to store and utilise training resources that we provide.

“This will include the use of audiovisual equipment to give feedback upon their performance in suitable consultations.”

Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the better facilities would give doctors, nurses and other health workers access to handson training in general practices.

“The health workers will be able to attend to patients and when they are fully qualified, are more likely to decide to stay in the region or another rural community,” she said.

Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie said improving access to doctors and health professionals in rural and regional areas was a priority and practices would match their grants to undertake projects.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Times.