Modern clinic for community

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Local residents at the revamped Wangkatjungka Health Centre.
Camera IconLocal residents at the revamped Wangkatjungka Health Centre. Credit: WA Country Health Service

Residents of a tiny indigenous Kimberley community will now have access to world-class, culturally appropriate medical services after the multi-million-dollar expansion of its local clinic.

The $3.66 million Wangkatjungka Health Centre officially opened last fortnight which includes an emergency resuscitation bay, pathology space, consult rooms, separate waiting areas for men and women and a purpose-built ambulance bay and ramp.

The 180 community members living at the Wangkatjungka community, 100km south-east of Fitzroy Crossing, can also use a family group room at the clinic, a space for relatives to discuss treatment that includes a sink and bench for elders and families to prepare bush medicine.

WA Country Health Service regional director Bec Smith said the local community was incredibly proud and happy to witness the opening of the clinic.

“WACHS spent a lot of time consulting with the community to ensure they were involved with the design,” she said.

State Health Minister Roger Cook said the clinic was a modern and welcoming place for locals to receive health care.

Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer said she was pleased the Wangkatjungka people had been involved in “every aspect of the design and fit-out” of the centre to ensure they felt safe, secure and respected.

The clinic will be open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 2pm.

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