Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation officially reopened the doors to the Davenport Health Clinic on Monday, January 14.
The clinic has been closed for several months due to a “lack of staff and the ongoing problem with the recruitment of doctors”, but is now back in business, giving Davenport residents a closer option for their health requirements.
Pika Wiya CEO Alan Morris said the return of the health clinic was “long overdue”.
“We decided to address the needs out here,” Mr Morris said.
“For the first six months, we’ll be seeing and assessing what those needs will be by looking at the patient numbers coming through.
“We’re very happy to be back out here.”
Pika Wiya’s healthcare is available to the Aboriginal population in Port Augusta and surrounding towns, with about 3200 active customers and patients accessing the medical service.
With the Port Augusta centre on Dartmouth Street facing an influx of patients during the summer months, Pika Wiya began working towards reopening the Davenport clinic.
Mr Morris said Pika Wiya’s board, as well as the Davenport community, were keen for the clinic to reopen.
“Patients could have transport issues. They might not be able to access (the Port Augusta centre),” Mr Morris said.
“We’ve spent a lot of money on doing up the clinic, so it’s in pretty good nick.”
Davenport community members gathered at the clinic on Monday morning to celebrate the opening, with staff hosting a barbecue breakfast.
Mr Morris said the event was a good opportunity to let the community know that the doors were officially open.
“It was just a chance for us to say ‘here we are, we’re back and we’re going to be operating again’,” he said.
The Davenport Health Clinic is open on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm, and Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-12:30pm.
Patients will have access to general practitioners and Aboriginal health workers at the refurbished clinic.
For more information about the clinic, contact 8642 2556.