Royal Flying Doctor Service receives funding boost for new health and education centre in Port Augusta

The Royal Flying Doctor Service SA/NT (RFDS) is set to build a state-of-the-art health, research, and education centre in Port Augusta.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service SA/NT (RFDS) is set to build a state-of-the-art health, research, and education centre in Port Augusta, after receiving nearly $1 million in funding from the State Government’s Enabling Infrastructure Program.

The $21 million centre will improve access to multi-disciplinary primary health care for the local community and over 1,600 existing RFDS clients who live in remote areas, but regularly visit Port Augusta.

Once it is up and running, the clinic will support up to 25,000 patient consultations each year, offering services in General Practice, mental health, occupational therapy, chronic disease management, Aboriginal health, digital health, and oral health.

The centre will be a hub for education and training, providing placements for Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health students in collaboration with tertiary and vocational education partners. Post-graduate students will have the opportunity to engage in Research In Practice, aiming to improve long-term rural health outcomes.

The hub is expected to attract, train, and retain a future health workforce for the Far North, including Rural Generalists – doctors specialising in healthcare delivery in rural areas.

The construction phase of the project is expected to support 222 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs, with the RFDS employing 17 new ongoing FTEs once it is completed.

“While the RFDS is trusted to deliver emergency care when it’s needed the most, we are also committed to investing in preventative and whole-of-life healthcare for rural and remote communities,” RFDS SA/NT Chief Executive, Tony Vaughan ASM, said.
“The state-of-the-art Integrated Primary Health & Education Centre will not only increase access to health services for the people of Port Augusta and the Far North, but it will also provide valuable training and education opportunities for the future health professionals who will support these communities.
“We are delighted the State Government has led the way in backing this project with a significant contribution of $1 million.
“We understand that rural placements and first-hand training are crucial factors in influencing young health professionals to consider careers in remote health and we trust this new project will create a long-lasting legacy for the health and wellbeing of Far North residents.”

The new RFDS centre in Port Augusta represents a significant investment in the health and well-being of SA’s Far North, promising improved healthcare access, educational opportunities, and economic benefits for the region.

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