New doctors surgery coming to Moore Park Beach
IT'S taken three years of campaigning but Moore Park Beach will finally have its own doctor's surgery after pharmacist Adam Harradine - on behalf of the community - was able to work his connections and find a doctor to commit.
It's been a hard fought fight for Mr Harradine who campaigned to take Moore Park Beach out of the Bundaberg region catchment area and have the area classified as a District of Workforce Shortage, which would enable any doctor to access extra concessions.
However a spokesman for Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash said the reason the Department of Health had not classified the area as a District of Workforce Shortage was because the region has better-than-average access to Medicare services.
"The Department of Health carries out this assessment based on Medicare billing data and the number of people who live there," he said.
"In future if the data showed access had decreased, it would be classified as a District of Workforce Shortage."
Without this classification Moore Park Beach was only able to secure an Australian-trained doctor, an overseas doctor who had finished their 10-year moratorium requirement, or had registered before October 2001, or had their 10-year requirement discounted, or completed the five-year Overseas Trained Doctor scheme, or a doctor who trained in New Zealand.
But Mr Harradine said there were numerous reasons why he felt Moore Park should have been classified a District of Workforce Shortage.
"The road in and out of Bundy is dreadful, the last thing you want is an elderly person or anyone who's sick to drive that road," he said.
"And on top of that it gets flooded and it only takes one accident and the road gets cut off for a few hours."
But despite this Mr Harradine has now managed to find a "somewhat local" doctor who has decided to set up a practice in Moore Park Beach from January.
"I've been ringing around numerous organisations that can help me find someone... we've finally hit he nail on the head," he said.
"It means a huge amount (to the community). It means people who might come in for things that are out of my scope as a pharmacist, that I need to refer to a doctor, I don't need to tell them it's going to be an hour round trip.
"Especially since there isn't public transport, it means saving at least half a day.
"At this stage the doctor is going to be part-time with the view to expand."