The Australian Government has opened its first walk-in nurses centre at the Canberra Hospital in Canberra, Australia.

The A$10m centre, intended to treat patients with minor ailments, will start seeing patients at the clinic on 18 May.

The Australian Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the centre will address the GP shortage in the area and offer faster treatment for patients.

“We’re watching it very keenly, we are supporting other similar initiatives in terms of recognising the skills of nurses,” Roxon said.

“We’re very open to this sort of model being able to be established elsewhere when you have a state or territory government that’s keen to do it or when we have proposals put to us by local health professionals,” she added.