7 November 2017

Building of new Cunderdin Health Centre begins

Building of the new health centre in Cunderdin commenced in early October and the slab is due to be poured in November.

The new health centre, which is being built by Firm Constructions, will replace Cunderdin Hospital and promises a new era for local health care.

WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt Regional Director Sean Conlan said the new health centre would focus on promoting good health, preventing illness, and the management of chronic disease.

“Modern health care is about people staying well so they can minimise time in hospital," he said.

"The opening of this new health centre will give the local community improved primary health and community care facilities.

“Round-the-clock emergency care will continue in the new emergency department with state-of-the-art equipment – including Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS) access.”

The health centre will be equipped with videoconferencing so that people can speak to their specialists without leaving town, and the centre will also feature multi-purpose consultation and treatment rooms, and group therapy rooms.

The local general practice will also be located within the building.

Mr Conlan said the provision of quality, modern care was essential to the long-term sustainability of regional communities.

“Quality health services ensure that regional patients can receive timely and effective care, closer to home," he said.

The centre will be next to new housing which is being built to benefit older people and those with disability.

These residents will benefit from close proximity to medical care, helping more people live independently and locally as they age.

Staff and community members were involved in the design of the health centre, with the local Cunderdin Project User Group reviewing plans and providing feedback.

Mr Conlan said the new building would be light-filled and promises a positive experience for patients and staff.

The centre's shape and materials reflect its surroundings and has been designed to complement the natural environment.

Construction is expected to take around a year to complete.

The WA Country Health Service’s $300 million capital works program includes about $40 million to redevelop and reform four small hospitals in Cunderdin, Pingelly, Mullewa and Dongara to create new fit-for-purpose health centres.