19 June 2024

Dr Keith McDonald PhD and Health Minister Mark Butler.

Federal Health Minister Mark Butler joined McMahon MP Chris Bowen, SWSPHN CEO Dr Keith McDonald PhD, primary carers and community members to announce plans to boost urgent GP care in the city by establishing a Medicare Urgent Care Clinic in Fairfield. Read more

A Request for Proposal to establish the second Medicare Urgent Care Clinic in our region will open tomorrow. The first was established in Campbelltown in December 2023. Read more

Practices in the Fairfield Local Government Area will receive an email from SWSPHN tomorrow afternoon with details on how to submit your RFP response and of an information session which will be held next Wednesday at 5pm.

Mr Butler also announced the existing state-run Liverpool Urgent Care Service will transition to a Medicare UCC from 1 July, ensuring a national approach to reducing the number of people attending emergency departments for urgent, but non-life threatening, conditions.

The centres give locals access to care seven days a week, over extended hours, with no appointment required. Importantly, the clinics will be completely bulk billed meaning more people can access high-quality care quickly, at no cost.

The Fairfield region was chosen in consultation with the NSW Government to help meet the needs of the local community and ease pressure on Fairfield Hospital. Both clinics will provide treatment for a range of urgent, but not life-threatening conditions, such as sprains, infections or cuts. Read more about Urgent Care

The state-run Urgent Care Services at Gregory Hills and Bankstown will continue to deliver care in their communities. Read more