The nation's capital is set to be home to a new super clinic, catering to local residents with and without private health insurance.
Based at the University of Canberra (UC), the new four-storey medical practice will incorporate the clinic, a pharmacy, pathology labs, radiology and psychology services, as well as house training facilities for the university and other health tenants.
"There is huge potential in bringing together a super clinic, hospital and our own faculty of health on one site to create a health hub," UC vice-chancellor Stephen Parker said (April 17).
"As a partner in Canberra’s new super clinic we can expand our successful student-led clinics and help tackle the workforce shortages in allied health disciplines by offering more work placements, overcoming a critical barrier to getting more health professionals into the community."
The $15 million facility is expected to open in 2014 and the clinic will be operated by Ochre Health.
According to Ochre chief operating officer John Burns, the new facility will help to bring teaching, research and clinical services together in one setting to benefit the community.