Expressions of interest sought for Medicare Urgent Care Clinics in South Eastern NSW
6 March 2023
COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN welcomes an announcement by the Australian Government inviting expressions of interest for 2 Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (Medicare UCCs) to be located in the Batemans Bay and Wollongong regions.
The Medicare UCCs will provide bulk billed treatment for urgent but non-life-threatening emergencies. They will be open extended hours, seven days a week.
COORDINARE's CEO Prue Buist said: “The Medicare Urgent Care Clinics will allow families in South Eastern NSW to get top-quality care from a nurse or a doctor without having to wait in a hospital emergency department.”
“Just over half of all presentations to emergency departments in our region are for non-life-threatening conditions, including Category 4 and 5 presentations, and that’s where Medicare UCCs will be so valuable,” she said.
“The Medicare UCCs will help patients get timely, high-quality healthcare while easing pressure on hospitals in our region," she added.
The commissioning process for the two clinics in South Eastern NSW will be run by COORDINARE, with a formal tender process to open shortly.
Expressions of interest will be invited for a total 14 Medicare UCCs in locations across metropolitan and regional New South Wales to establish clinics in:
- Batemans Bay
- Coffs Harbour
Registrations for the tender process in South Eastern NSW are invited by emailing contact details (name, phone number and email address) to firstname.lastname@example.org.