GP clinic to provide sustainable & viable service for Charleville community

Date published

07 Mar 2016

The operations of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland's Charleville Health Clinic will transfer to the South West Hospital and Health Service from April.

South West HHS Chief Executive Glynis Schultz said the transition of services followed extensive discussions with the RFDS and the Murweh Shire Council.

"We were all very keen to develop a collaborative and sustainable solution to meet the future general practice needs of the people of Charleville and the surrounding communities,'' she said.

Ms Schultz said consultation with health service and RFDS staff, local government, community groups and the Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Community Health was an important part of the transition.

RFDS Chief Executive Nino Di Marco said the transfer of the clinic's operations to the South West HHS would improve the sustainability and viability of GP services in Charleville.
Mr Di Marco said the RFDS was pleased to have worked with the South West HHS to find a viable solution to the ongoing functioning of the Charleville Health Clinic.

The RFDS started the clinic in late 2013 to ensure continued delivery of general practice services following the announced retirement of long-time local GP of more than 30 years Dr Chester Wilson.

Mr Di Marco said he was very pleased that the collaborative solution for the future of the health clinic meant that the RFDS could focus on its core services.

"The RFDS has been an integral part of the Charleville community for more than 70 years, and we're delighted to have been able to work together with the South West HHS to ensure
continuity for the clinic and that the community's long-term needs are met,'' he said.

Ms Schultz said the GP clinic transition proposal had been put forward in a spirit of full cooperation between the two health service providers.

"As a result of this agreement, the RFDS and South West HHS will now start consultation with the Murweh Shire Council as part of this transition,'' she said.

"We are also working closely with the Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Community Health, which will continue to provide their current health services.

"We all have a shared commitment to the health and well-being of the Charleville community.''

Ms Schultz said she wanted to commend the RFDS for its support of the community in opening its clinic in Charleville following the retirement of Dr Wilson.
She said she also wanted to provide rreassurance that there would be no loss of local employment.

'The clinic will maintain booked appointments, but will also have the capacity to provide a number of unbooked appointments for emergencies,'' she said.

Ms Schultz said after the proposed transition of the clinic was completed, an emergency service for accidents and acute illnesses would operate from Charleville Hospital, with all other patient consultations to be held at the Charleville Health Clinic.

For further information, please call: Melanie Mayne-Wilson mob: 0429 501 598