Locals dispute need for $15m Sunshine Coast super clinic

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has one of the lowest GP to population ratios with about one GP per 900 people, and has been waiting to learn the location and operator of the SC since applications closed in May last year.

MO understands all applications to operate the super clinic involving local GPs were rejected and that the department is likely to have instead chosen a Victorian organisation as its preferred tenderer.

“The process is shrouded in secrecy,” Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association vice president and AMA Queensland GP spokesman Dr Mason Stevenson said.

He said the winning applicant and the super clinic site must be disclosed ”sooner rather than later to provide some certainty so that allied and other services in proximity were more aware of their fate and potential negative implications for their financial viability”.

He said the silence was stifling the Sunshine Coast primary health care industry