The Australian Government has opened two new multipurpose health facilities in the towns of Warialda and Bingara in New South Wales, aimed at improving the quality of health services in the area.
The multipurpose services (MPS) centres will provide integrated health services including aged care, acute hospital care and community health.
The MPS facilities will also help in the recruitment of medical and allied health staff in the communities, the government said.
The new Warialda MPS is equipped with 15 residential aged care beds, ten acute beds, a 24-hour emergency department and a co-located ambulance service that will run from late September 2009.
The Bingara MPS includes 14 residential aged care beds and seven acute care beds as well as diagnostic imaging and staff accommodation.