Time to air your thoughts on super clinic

IF you care about what happens to the Clarence Valley's health network, make sure you are at the Grafton District Services Club tonight.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon's whirlwind tour of regional Australia hits the Clarence Valley with a proposed GP Super Clinic the hot topic.

The latest in a series of consultations will take place from 6pm on the back of a highly successful event at West Wyalong where more than 160 people attended.

The Federal Government has promised $275.2 million over five years, from 2007-08, to establish the clinics in 31 locations across Australia.

The government intends to provide $5 million to establish the clinic in Grafton, which will come in the form of capital funding, recurrent funding or relocation incentives.

According to the Department of Health and Ageing's website, the services will be provided under the “usual fee for service arrangement”.

The website also states that the Super Clinics are intended to provide a new facility for “primary care service delivering and health professional education and training” and will bring together “general practitioners, nurses, visiting medical specialists, allied health professionals and other health care providers to deliver better health care, tailored to the needs and priorities of the local community”.

The forums are just one step in the consultation process and will provide information of which the Department of Health and Ageing will publish a summary of the outcomes from the local consultation meetings on their website.

Ms Roxon will attend a series of private meetings with Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin before attending the forum.

A spokesman from Janelle Saffin's office confirmed that 80 people had already registered for the event.

Registrations are open from 6pm to 6.30pm with the event expected to last until 8.30pm.

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