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Boulia PHC and Wellbeing Centre celebrates 1st anniversary

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Boulia PHC and Wellbeing Centre celebrates 1st anniversary
Boulia PHC and Wellbeing Centre celebrates 1st anniversary

Boulia’s new $7.24 million Primary Health Centre and Wellbeing Centre has celebrated its first anniversary since opening in November 2019 and has already proved its worth to the community.

Between 1 January and 31 October this year, the Boulia PHC and Wellbeing Centre delivered 1747 occasions of service, compared with 964 for the same period last year.

Central West Hospital and Health Service General Manager Primary Health Care Anthony West said this had been a huge result for the new facility.

“It’s certainly helped that Boulia and surrounding residents have been much more mindful of their own and their families’ health as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic,’’ he said.

“But it’s still a significant jump in service numbers for a small health facility.

“The new Boulia PHC and Wellbeing Centre is a 21st century facility that is able to deliver 21st century care and this has been very well-received by the local community.

“It was a big investment and its delivering dividends in terms of increased activity and greater engagement with the local community to deliver more care closer to home.’’

Mr West said the two adjoining facilities were state-of-the-art.

The new primary health centre includes an emergency area, treatment bay, X-ray room, four consultation rooms, pharmacy area, office and storage space, a reception and waiting area, staff rooms, amenities, two ambulance bays and an adjoining two-bedroom, self-contained staff accommodation unit with a secure corridor link to the main building.

The adjoining Wellbeing Centre includes a secure two-chair, self-care dialysis unit managed by the Central West HHS, along with separate community meeting rooms and amenities.

Mr West said the self-care dialysis unit allowed suitable clients to access the centre at all times to dialyse themselves in Boulia, without having to relocate to major centres such as Mount Isa or Townsville for nurse-assisted dialysis services.

The Wellbeing Centre component of the $7.24 million project was funded by a $572,900 Commonwealth contribution delivered through the Boulia Shire Council.

“I’d like to thank the Boulia Shire Council for partnering with us to deliver this self-care dialysis unit and Wellbeing Centre for the local community,’’ Mr West said.

“Both the new PHC and the Wellbeing Centre are proving their worth and will continue to do so for many years to come.’’

The Boulia project was delivered by contractor partners St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd and AUSCO Modular (Townsville), St Hilliers also built the recently completed and opened $20.11 million Blackall Hospital.

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 2 December 2020