New $12.4 million primary health centre for Windorah

Published Thursday, 14 July, 2022 at 05:03 PM


Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Assistant Minister for Health and Regional Health Infrastructure
Mrs Julieanne Gilbert

Construction of a new primary health centre in the remote community of Windorah in the Central West is now underway, with completion expected by the end of the year.

Assistant Minister for Health and Regional Health Infrastructure Julieanne Gilbert today broke ground on the new $12.4 million facility on the corner of Maryborough and Cecil streets.

She said the new Windorah PHC would be built in prefabricated modular style, like the new Boulia Primary Health Centre and Wellbeing Centre.

“The new Windorah PHC will be a single-level, 19-module, interlinked building designed in Queensland style with a pitched roof,’’ she said.

“The staff accommodation features wide verandahs, while there is ample ramp access to the primary health centre building.

“This modular build process reduces construction time and makes it easier to add additional structural components in the future as needs require, thereby future-proofing the new Windorah health centre.’’

The site is part of an area identified for future health and emergency services facilities within the Barcoo Shire Council town plan for Windorah.

“I’d like to thank the shire council for making this site available to secure the future of health services in the local community,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“Building on this new site will ensure that health services can continue to be delivered uninterrupted from the current Windorah Primary Health Centre on Victoria St, behind the Western Star Hotel, while the new facility is being built."

The Windorah project will be delivered by AUSCO Modular.

AUSCO Modular also partnered with St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd to deliver the $7.24 million Boulia Primary Health Centre and Wellbeing Centre in November 2019.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the Windorah PHC replacement works would create about 35 full-time equivalent jobs over the life of the project.

Ms D’Ath said the new Windorah PHC would include:

  • Four consultation rooms, two more than the existing PHC and both telehealth-enabled,
  • An ambulance bay,
  • Emergency treatment area,
  • Reception and waiting area.

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom staff accommodation unit with a full kitchen and lounge space also form part of the design.

“The new primary health centre will deliver a state-of-the-art health facility for the Windorah and surrounding community,’’ Ms D’Ath said.

“It will allow for the fullest use of the latest technology, as well as allowing for future technological developments.

“Telehealth, for instance, has already revolutionised the delivery of health services to rural and remote communities throughout Queensland.

“It’s opening a whole new world for health care in remote areas by providing specialist care without the need to travel long distances.

“The new Windorah PHC will be fitted with all the connections and the capacity to participate fully in this digital world.

“The project also will provide opportunities for local businesses to participate directly in the construction and/or commissioning phase of the project.’’

Ms D’Ath said the Windorah project formed part of a total package of more than $70 million worth of health infrastructure works in the Central West, including:

  • $20.8 million Longreach Hospital upgrade and additional works. Bulk of works completed in 2018, some additional electrical and mechanical upgrades started in 2020 and are due for completion later this year.
  • $20.11 million new Blackall Hospital completed in October 2020 and officially opened in November that year.
  • $7.24 million Boulia Primary Health Centre replacement, including a $572,900 contribution from the Commonwealth for a Wellbeing Centre, completed in November 2019.
  • $4.1 million Aramac Primary Health Care Centre completed in April 2018
  • $3.9 million worth of mechanical and other upgrades at Barcaldine Multipurpose Health Service, including the delivery of a new, state-of-the-art dental clinic completed in 2017.

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