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Popular GP practice to relocate within IMPACT Community Health Precinct as major refurbishment work begins

Last updated: 03/08/2023

Shore Care Family Practice, a well-established healthcare provider in the Discovery Coast region, will relocate within the IMPACT Community Health Precinct as a significant refurbishment project begins this month.

Shore Care’s relocation from Building 1 to Building 2 represents a significant opportunity for growth and the enhancement of healthcare services for the local GP provider. It also marks the commencement of IMPACT Community Services' major refurbishment project, made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

Earlier this year, IMPACT Community Services secured a long-term, 10-year lease from Gladstone Regional Council for both buildings within the health precinct, paving the way to explore future service delivery in alignment with community needs.

IMPACT’s Managing Director Tanya O'Shea said the refurbishment project was entering an exciting phase.

“Shore Care's relocation to Building 2 is a positive step forward, signifying a wonderful opportunity for growth and further improvement of healthcare services in the region,” Mrs O'Shea said.

Shore Care Family Practice’s principal doctor Andrew Jackson said IMPACT’s support had been instrumental in helping the practice establishing itself.

“We have always been very grateful to IMPACT accommodating us in our current location, even though it was at the expense of their own space,” Dr Jackson said.

“Their support was instrumental with helping us set up and commence our practice.

“This relocation will not only allow us to return the much-needed space for IMPACT Community Health Service, but it will also support Shore Care Family Practice’s own endeavour to extend the services we provide.

“We certainly look forward to continuing to provide top-quality services to the Discovery Coast and beyond for many years to come.”

Following Shore Care's move, work will begin on the first of three stages of refurbishment on Building 1, with an expected completion by October.

Throughout this period, visitors to IMPACT Community Health Service may experience some changes in the building’s layout to accommodate the refurbishments. However, IMPACT remains dedicated to delivering uninterrupted, high-quality health services to the community.

“We understand that there might be some minor inconveniences during the refurbishment period, and we appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our community,” Mrs O'Shea said.

"These refurbishments will significantly elevate the health service standards on the Discovery Coast. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing accessible and comprehensive healthcare services to the growing population of the Discovery Coast Region."

She said she expected to share exciting updates as IMPACT’s Discovery Coast Model of Care Project progressed.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Matt Burnett said he looked forward to enhanced health services that would benefit Discovery Coast residents.

"I am pleased to see the progress being made and eagerly await the improved healthcare services," Mayor Burnett said.

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Picture: CHANGING TIMES: Dr Andrew Jackson, of Shore Care Family Practice, and IMPACT Community Health Service Practice Manager Pamela Mackie look forward to improved healthcare services for residents across the Discovery Coast region.

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