Plan to expand student doctor training practice
PASSIONATE about providing a training practice for the next generation of doctors, Grace Family Practice owner Doctor Preshy Varghese has submitted an application to build a purpose-built medical centre at 611 Bargara Rd.
Currently operating out of the Bargara Central shopping centre, Dr Varghese said he had outgrown the space and needed somewhere with more rooms.
The site has an existing residential home and is surrounded by land owned by the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training, potentially earmarked as the future site for a Bargara high school.
Dr Varghese said he purchased the land with the intention to have the centre designed and built to his specific requirements, after failing to find anywhere that suited his needs.
"We need to expand to more rooms for the training doctors, interns and medical students so we thought we would look for a place that has more rooms and more space," he said.
"At the shopping centre our patients are more of the elderly people but we are also applying for clinics for children who have autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, so the shopping centre is not really a peaceful place for them.
"We've been thinking about it for some time, since we were recognised as a training practice, we've been looking for a place to expand and once this place came up we though it was a good place which doesn't have too much disturbance.
"The medical students come and go, they come from the University of Queensland and we also have students from the other universities including James Cook and the University of New South Wales through the John Flynn Placement Program to attract future doctors to rural areas.
"I'm a senior lecturer at University of Queensland and I'm passionate about training general practitioners and medical students.
"We're looking forward to it; we're quite excited about it."
The proposal would include a general medical and skin clinic practice for four specialist GPs plus a dispensary for supplying pharmaceutical and related products, space for complementary medical, health or wellbeing practitioners such as physiotherapists, podiatrists and a pathology collection centre as well as accommodation for visiting doctors or students.