Media Release 19 September 2016 – Election Commitment

Medi-PhamaCare Speciality Clinic pilots for Kambah and Weston Creek areas

The Community Alliance Party (CAP) is committed to providing the best possible care for older and young AC Territorians when they most need it – during the night and the early hours of the morning.

CAP candidate for Murrumbidgee, Michael Lindfield said “we want to make improvements to the existing walk–in clinic philosophy by piloting Medi-PharmaCare Speciality Centres at Kambah and Weston Creek specifically for older residents and for young families.

“The electorate of Murrumbidgee has a very high rate of senior citizens (i.e. 65 years plus or 18 per cent of the population) either living alone, independently or in retirement villages in Weston Creek and Woden; and a high rate of families with young children (i.e. aged 0 to 14 years or 18 per cent of the population) under care in the same areas and including Kambah.

“Generally, older people are most medically vulnerable during the night and early hours of the morning.  They are more prone to falls being the most common factor brought on by other possible medical conditions, including vision impairment, arthritis, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urinary tract infection, dehydration, anemia, strokes and cardiovascular disease e.g. heart problems such as atrial fibrillation. Their medication can also be a contributing factor.

“Similarly young children are most vulnerable during the same time span with anxious parents reporting respiratory conditions, inflammation, allergies, gastro intestinal and other chronic abdominal pain, headaches and high body temperatures.

“The centres will use existing vacant buildings and provide care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries and operate between the hours of 9 pm to 9 am seven days a week including holidays. Staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners in specialised fields who can diagnose, treat and prescribe medication as well as help with birth control or breast feeding issues and provide free immunisations, The services I envisage providing include treatment of:

  • Respiratory and cardiovascular stabilisation
  • Sprains & broken bones
  • Colds and flu
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throats and ear problems
  • Bladder infections
  • Pediatric care, for ages 3 months and older
  • Skin infections
  • Limited laboratory and X-rays could be available on site with outsourced pharmacy provider.

“These innovative clinics give individuals and families faster, more convenient health care options, while taking pressure off our emergency department at the Canberra Hospital and lessen the need to buy big and expensive add-on constructions to the Canberra Hospital proposed by the ACT Labor Greens Compact and Canberra Liberals.

“We’ve made using existing refurbished buildings for our clinics one of our key commitments because CAP puts patients, their families and the community first and not plunging the ACT in to unaffordable debt.”

“CAP is working hard to protect and improve health care,” said Lindfield. “We will continue to give families faster, more efficient treatment during the times that worry them most and because everyone matters.”

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