Super clinic fund gap due to ‘policy vacuum’

A “POLICY vacuum” between the federal and state governments has been blamed for unforeseen funding shortages hampering the rollout of the $650 million GP super clinics program.

The latest casualty is a proposed dental clinic originally intended to be in the South Morang super clinic in Victoria. 

Plenty Valley Community Health (PVCH) – the company behind the super clinic – said it could no longer afford the much-needed four-chair dental clinic because the state government money it expected when it won the $3.7 million federal government grant never eventuated.

“We were always looking at both state and federal monies for development,” PVCH CEO Gabrielle MacTiernan told MO. “We probably got caught within the policy vacuum,” she said.

It comes as construction on the $5 million super clinic at Redcliffe, Queensland, remains frozen amid reports the company behind it – Redcliffe Hospital