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Super clinic doesn't pose threat
City's medical practices
will continue to thrive
Brindabella Family Practice principal David Poland welcomes the competition from the Queanbeyan GP Super
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COMPETITION from the newly open-
ed Queanbeyan GP Super Clinic has
been welcomed by other medical
centres in the city.
Brindabella Family Practice princi-
pal David Poland said there were no
sour grapes about the establishment of
the new clinic and competition was
good for the town.
He remained confident his practice
would continue to thrive and would
keep providing high quality services,
which were the same as what the super
''Brindabella Family Practice cur-
rently has three specialists -- an
obstetrician, a pediatrician and a
surgeon located at the surgery,'' he
''In addition there is an array of
allied health services located in this
building which includes physio-
therapy, exercise physiology, acupunc-
ture, massage therapy, podiatry, psy-
chology, asthma education, diabetes
education and nutrition services, as
well as full time general practitioners
and practice nurses.
''These innovative services have
been provided for many years before
the term 'super clinic' was phrased.''
About $5 million in funding was
provided by the Federal Government
towards the new clinic on Crawford
Street. The centre incorporates various
services, including GPs, nurses and
specialists, as well as a range of allied
health professionals, to help support
and take the pressure off the hospital.
It has been operating since June but
was officially opened last week by
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon
and Federal Member for Eden-Monaro
Dr Poland said the distribution of
funding to only one clinic in the city
meant there was no longer a level
''All that means is that we have to
try harder and provide a better ser-
vice,'' he said.
Dr Poland doesn't predict his prac-
tice will struggle against the super
clinic in the long-term.
''We've had people coming here
who couldn't get in over there,'' he
Dr Poland believes the high quality,
family friendly service is why patients
are drawn to his clinic.
''I think patients appreciate that
when they come to the surgery, they
don't see there being any major
difficulties,'' he said.
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