Unique field clinic set up to help flood-ravaged Victorian town

AN emergency field primary-care clinic has been set up in the west Victorian town of Charlton after heavy rains caused huge flooding across the state last week.

With the local hospital and medical clinic left inoperative due to flood damage, the clinic was established as a short-term base for local health services.

As Medical Observer went to press, the Echuca-based Murray-Plains Division of General Practice was sourcing GP volunteers to help support local GP Dr Stephen Webb maintain medical services in devastated Charlton.

The field clinic – the first of its kind to be deployed in the state – comprises three air-conditioned modular tents complete with equipment, supplies, power, administration facilities and refrigeration for vaccines and other medications.

Meanwhile, practices damaged or affected by floods are set to retain their eligibility for PIP payments based on their accreditation status as they continue delivering