Tenders considered for GP Super Clinic project

THE $5 million GP Super Clinic in Emerald has moved into tender with the lead health services agency narrowing down architectural designs.

But key challenges remain in attracting and retaining new staff to the facility, according to Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice chief executive Ms Sandra Corfield.

"The GP Super Clinic is to be a catalyst toward providing primary health care," Ms Corfield said.

"We are working to incorporate a training aspect at the clinic, and have looked to the universities to help provide that support for the young doctors, nurses and allied health that will come to the region."

Ms Corfield said a service mapping exercise would be completed within the next month, which would accurately identify the services currently available and what was further needed.

Rural Doctors Association of Queensland president Dr Ewen McPhee said representatives from Queensland Health, CQUniversity and local allied health people met with the CQRDGP and confirmed an agreement was in place with the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.

"Partnerships between council and local mines are looking at producing some positives for low-cost housing for people involved in the service industries," Dr McPhee said.

"High rents and high cost of living are a key disincentive for new graduates looking at relocating to resource sector towns.

"Federal funding does not address the issues of workforce recruitment, provision of accommodation or any ongoing operating costs."

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