[singlepic id=322 w=320 h=240 float=left]Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has welcomed the arrival of The Balance! Edmonton Family Practice, which will start offering medical services to the local community on Monday (21 March).

Mr Pitt said the new practice would help meet the growing health needs of the southern Cairns community.

“The new practice will make life that little bit easier for locals, especially elderly people and people with a disability. They’ve got a medical facility on their doorstep,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt welcomed doctors Anton Boyadijev and Chris Kirtley to their roles as primary health carers for the local community.

“What we have here is a local medical practice looking after locals and that’s what primary health care is all about.

“As Mental Health Minister I am especially pleased that the new practice will soon be offering psychology services,” he said.

Balance! Healthcare CEO Kate Gunn said residents had been waiting for the GP Super Clinic for a while now, so they decided to start offering services prior to the main building being completed.

“We will gradually add services as each month goes by, psychology services will commence from 5 April, and weekend medical services by July,” Ms Gunn said.

“The Cairns GP Super Clinic will open at 32 Walker Road, Edmonton in December and will bring together GPs, nurses, specialists and allied health professionals to deliver integrated primary healthcare in Edmonton,” she said.

Mr Pitt said the health care needs of the southern Cairns community are a high priority for the State Government.

“That’s why we acquired land at Edmonton. It’s about looking to the future and planning for and managing growth.”

Mr Pitt said the Premier had also ordered a review of the Health Service Plan for the Cairns region.

“As part of the review, we will look at what’s needed on the Edmonton site and when,” he said.

Mr Pitt said the site was likely to include a health precinct initially, with primary health care, and community and out-of-hospital services, such as physio and ante-natal checks.

“In the future, the Edmonton site will grow into a second, supporting hospital for the region.”

The Health Service Plan review is expected to be completed by the end of the year.