DOCTOR Simon Barnett was at first critical when the Federal Government announced plans three years ago to set up a GP Super Clinic at the University of Queensland’s Ipswich campus.
Like other Ipswich GPs, Dr Barnett feared the $2.5 million clinic would drive established doctors out of their practices by duplicating services.
Now he’s very much a clinic supporter, as one of two resident GPs at the recently opened facility.
“I see this as an opportunity to blend my clinical work with teaching – to influence doctors of tomorrow,” Dr Barnett said.
“What we’re striving for is best practice.
“I felt that it was an opportunity to really make a difference.
“My patients have been absolutely delighted with how serene, fresh and invigorating the clinic is.”
Dr Barnett said the clinic was targeting new residents of Ipswich, including families in the Australian Defence Force.
“A lot of the Ipswich practices have found it difficult to have the capacity to take on new patients,” he said.
English-trained Dr Rob Kielty came to work at the clinic last month.
“The facilities are fantastic,” he said.
“I’ve been a GP for about 12 years and this is my dream job.
“I’ve got a brand new clinic, beautifully set up.
“We’ve got some very innovative things that are planned for this clinic.”
Both doctors are tutors at the university campus.
Dr Barnett’s particular interests include paediatrics, sports injuries and emergency medicine.
Other doctors at the UQ Health Care Ipswich clinic include Dr Denis Bartrum, a GP with special interests in skin conditions, and youth psychiatrist Dr Syed Shah.
The doctors are supported by nursing staff and access to allied health professionals, pathology and pharmacy services.
Current opening hours for the clinic are weekdays from 8am to 6pm.
“It certainly is preferable to ring and make an appointment,” Dr Barnett said.
The Ipswich clinic will give access to health practitioners with advanced skill in areas such as dermatology and more complex skin surgery, diabetes management and mental health issues.
To make an appointment, call 3381 1800.