Funding sends remote health clinic off to flying start

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Albanese Labor Government will invest $1 million to support the development of a new purpose-built remote health clinic at William Creek in South Australia, in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and the South Australian Government.

The William Creek Community Health Service will provide a clinical setting for the RFDS to deliver its existing fly-in primary health consultations, and will include an emergency space for critically ill patients awaiting transfer to a major hospital.

It will also use innovative telehealth technology to connect local patients with RFDS services, as well as critical first responder advice in emergencies outside of the fly-in clinic hours.

Construction of the facility is expected to be complete by the end of this year, and will mean that residents and tourists of the remote community will no longer need to travel two hours to their nearest health service.

Construction of the clinic is jointly funded, with $1 million from the Albanese Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and additional funding from the RFDS.

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