Latrobe Valley residents now have even better access to dental facilities following the official opening of a new training clinic and lab in Churchill.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the $6.14 million Latrobe University Training Clinic and Dental Prosthetic Laboratory, which includes a physiotherapy gymnasium and a dental prosthetics lab, would deliver important health services for regional Australians while providing educational opportunities for regional students.
“With Federation University and Gippsland Medical School nearby, students will have every opportunity to hone their skills, including through programmes such as rural internships and post-graduate training,” Mr Chester said.
“Its proximity to the university precinct will allow this new clinic and lab to train and retain more skilled medical professionals within the region. Residents will have access to health professionals they are familiar and comfortable with, which is great for the community.
“The clinic includes many services for residents, including dental surgeries and consulting rooms for services such as podiatry, counselling and physiotherapy, really helping to bridge the gap in health outcomes between regional and metropolitan Australia.
“Construction created 11 jobs and there will be another 38 ongoing roles, providing an economic boost to the Latrobe Valley.”
Chief Executive Officer of Latrobe Community Health Service Ben Leigh said the centre would develop training programs and create new opportunities for people living in Latrobe, and a new industry for the region.
“Latrobe Community Health Service has worked in Churchill for decades. It is a town that we really believe in. I think the future for this town is very bright. Indeed, that is the reason a project of this scale was given the go-ahead,” Mr Leigh said.
“This new building is providing improved healthcare and jobs. I’m proud of our ongoing commitment to Churchill and the Latrobe Valley, and I hope the Churchill community shares in that pride.”
The Australian Government invested $2,664,000 in the project, the Victorian Government provided $1,998,634 and the Latrobe Community Health Service contributed the remaining $1,475,366.