More health services for West Gippsland

People in West Gippsland now have access to additional essential health services closer to home thanks to Andrews’ Labor government.

Trafalgar primary care center has been backed by the Labor government Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund providingmore health and wellness services to the local community and the creation of 12 new jobs.

The expanded center has undergone a major renovation, with new, improved medical equipment and computer systems installed to better serve the community.

The center provides access to a range of essential and preventative health services, including x-rays and skin cancer screening, as well as psychology, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech therapy, audiology and optometry.

New jobs created as part of the expansion include a general practitioner, junior doctor, radiographer, physiotherapist, speech therapist, nurse practitioner and administrative staff.

Expanded health services and expertise mean residents no longer need to travel to other cities for screening, imaging, and other related health services.

It will be operated by Trafalgar Medical and will also provide training for GP registrars, interns, medical students, nursing students and administrative staff.

The new center is located opposite Trafalgar Medical and offers after-hours services to meet the needs of the community and local residents.

Trafalgar Medical will be able to refer patients to the primary care center for additional health services, which will facilitate the patient experience and allow physicians to monitor their outcomes.

The $10 million Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund was created as the first initiative under the $40 million Latrobe Valley Economic Development Program to support new and better jobs in the Latrobe Valley.

As Regional Development Minister Harriet Shing said

“Afterphysicians and expanded primary health careservices are essential to provide quality care to local communities closer to home.

“Notthis project only benefited the health of the community, but it created morelocalworks,stimulated business growth andattracted more expertise toWest Gippsland.

As Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said

“Trafalgar residents now have access to more screening, wellness and preventative health services locally, which means more residents will choose to use them.”

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