Clinic finding its place
A STEERING committee has been formed to progress the Central Highlands GP super clinic bid.
Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice has taken the lead agency role in co-ordinating stakeholders with Dr Sandra Corfield stressing they want the “best results for the community that will be there in 20-30 years time”.
“What we’re about doing is looking at how do we fit in as a community general practice to ensure that the GP Super Clinic funding meets the needs of the community of Emerald and calls in all the players that can help so we get a truly collaborative and integrated service,” she said.
“(One) that fills the capacity of the community and protects the services that are already here and have been slogging it out for the past 20-odd years and are truly passionate about what they do.”
Dr Corfield said forming a relationship with the University of Queensland’s rural and remote medicine faculty was paramount to creating a training model to bring medical students to the region.
“We want to have an integrated training that will bring the students and then post them with local providers, put them in general practice, put them in Queensland Health facilities and build the capacity and the number of doctors, allied health and nurses across the extended community – Springsure, Clermont, Blackwater, those sorts of places.”
Another priority for the super clinic vision was generating a healthy work-life balance for everyone involved, Dr Corfield added.