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Keeping Healthy in Newman

The emergence of COVID-19 has meant good health and wellbeing has never been more important to the Newman community. And excitingly – there are some big things happening that will not only keep our community healthy and safe, but also support the economy and create some new jobs in the process.

The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service, or PAMS, as it is more widely known, is a leading not-for-profit organisation that plays an important part in building strong communities and families. "PAMS provides comprehensive primary health care for everyone", PAMS CEO, Robby Chibawe said, "as well as working to create healthy communities in Newman."

They’ve just undergone some big changes, moving out of Newman House and into a brand-new facility that will allow their team to better service and support the community in Newman. The Martu, Nyiyarpali, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community in Newman are all welcome, with their dedicated team looking forward to continuing to keep us all healthy during this particularly challenging time.

Mr Chibawe said "It’s an exciting time for the organisation, and I'm looking forward to working with an expanded team. We’ve got some new friendly faces coming into new roles in both health and clinical management in the new facility".

PAMS will be hosting a grand re-opening on the 30th July and recommence seeing patients once recruitment and licensing processes are completed.

And that’s not all either when it comes to keeping our community healthy. On the 30th June, the State Government announced more exciting news that more than 300 local jobs and a brand new hospital will be coming to Newman soon.

The $61.4 million redevelopment project, including a $15 million contribution from BHP, will include a new health service and create hundreds of jobs for local residents.

According to the media statement, the new facility will include “12 inpatient beds, six emergency department bays, two dental chairs and six GP consult spaces. There will also be dedicated rooms for outpatient consults, therapy, medical imaging and pathology. The redevelopment will also support the delivery of modern healthcare by supporting access to Telehealth services and videoconferencing technology that will connect staff and patients to specialists across Western Australia.”

The project will be delivered in three stages, with the first due to commence in July 2020, with the redevelopment fully operational by mid-2023.