On Tuesday this week, we welcomed Amber Jade Sanderson - the Minister for Health and Mental Health, Lisa Munday – Member for Dawesville and David Templeman -Member for Mandurah to the Peel Health Hub. They met with Paul Reilly and Dr Rupert Backhouse to see first hand the work being done at the Hub under our unique Model of Care and to demonstrate the need for PHH 2.0 and the salaried GPs.
5 years down the track and the Peel Health Hub is bursting at the seams. Door counters recorded 66, 000 people entering the Hub between July 2022 and June 2023. No one anticipated demand for services to escalate so quickly. “Every organisation in the facility has seen exponential growth in need and in the number of clients that we’re servicing”, says Business Development Manager Eleanor Britton.
A solution to this problem is the extension of the Peel Health Hub – or PHH 2.0. A joint project between Allambee and GP down south, the expansion would also have space for other new providers, allow 40,000 more visits and cater to an additional 3000 clients.
As with the Peel Health Hub, this is an opportunity for all levels of government to step up and step in to show bi-partisan support for a project that will save lives and save taxpayer money.
An issue with GP recruitment is familiar in the Peel region and something that needs to be resolved. With bulk billing and long appointment times, the Peel Youth Medical Service is not financially attractive prospect. We have requested State Government funding for two salaried GP positions at the hub, which would “reimburse them for the really difficult and complex work” their patients present.
Rupert Backhouse is one of only two GPs currently at the Hub who as bulk-billing clinicians are paid depending on the number of clients seen and said salaried positions would be an incentive to attract more GPs.
“I actually think we need more than two. My dream, my vision would be that we had say, four salaried GPs,” he said. The socioeconomic profile of the Peel region places increased demand on services like the Peel Health Hub, which offers free and confidential consultations. With 10% fewer GPs than like regions in Australia, there is definitely a need to boost the primary health service delivery which will result in systemic gains and reduced load on tertiary services.
L-R: Paul Reilly, Lisa Munday, Amber-Jade Sanderson, David Templeman, Rupert Backhouse
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.