Community welcomes refurbished centre

Community contribution: Terang and Mortlake Heath Service executive staff thank Mortlake Community Development Committee vice president Kelvin Goodall (second from left) for the committee’s $5000 contribution towards refurbishment works to the Mortlake Community Health Centre.

A NEW-LOOK GP clinic is up and running in Mortlake, following refurbishment works completed last week.

Terang and Mortlake Health Service (TMHS) chief executive officer Margaret White thanked the Mortlake Community Development Committee (MCDC) for their $5000 contribution towards the works.

“It’s really satisfying to see the works,” she said.

“The MCDC jumped on straight away to help.

“We urge the community to continue to support the health centre. We have to keep everybody involved.”

Ms White said she was glad to be at the helm of the service during the refurbishments.

“It’s just been a privilege to be here,” she said.

New digs: Mortlake GP Dr Jamila Perera has begun to take full advantage of her upgraded room with receptionist Rachelle Waters.

Ms White also thanked the Moyne Shire Council for its $10,000 contribution towards the works and the State Department of Health and Human Services for its $35,000 allocation.

MCDC vice president Kelvin Goodall said the new GP service was a vital part of the community.

“Congratulations to all those who have worked together to ensure we have a GP service in Mortlake, in particular the TMHS for driving the change,” he said.

“Local doctors are essential for our community, which has a number of older citizens and young families who rely on the service.

“Our community welcomes the doctors and staff to Mortlake and I only ask that members of our community support the clinic into the future.”

The community groups which contributed to the MCDC’s $5000 allocation were:

• Mortlake Lions Club – $1000;

• Mortlake and District Historical Society – $500;

• Mortlake Rotary Club – $500;

• Mortlake Racing Club – $500;

• Mortlake Men’s Shed – $250;

• Mortlake Country Women’s Assocation Day Branch – $200;

• St Colman’s Catholic Church – $200; and

• Mortlake Senior Citizens Club – $100.

The upgrades included a better integration of services between the Mortlake Community Health Centre and the GP clinic, a redevelopment of the facilities’ layout and a general refurbishment of the building.

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