Urgent Care Clinics

The Australian Government is investing in 58 Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (UCC) nationally to deliver a new model of care to reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments.

Seven Medicare UCCs will be established in Western Australia in the following locations:

WA Primary Health Alliance is coordinating the EOI processes and supporting selected practices to establish their clinics.

The new clinics will be located in existing facilities, such as general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

They will offer treatment for urgent but not life threating illnesses and injuries requiring same day assessment for people who may otherwise have visited an emergency department.

They will be bulk billed, be open seven days a week and accept walk in patients.

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FAQs

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When will the expression of interest open?

Several expression of interest processes will be run. We will notify general practices as and when they open.

How will the clinics be funded?

The Australian Government is investing in 58 Medicare UCCs across all states and territories, to deliver a new model of care to reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments (EDs).

How many Urgent Care Clinics will WA have and when will they open?

In an agreement between the Australian and Western Australian Governments, seven UCCs will be located in Western Australia in Perth City and surrounding suburbs, Joondalup and surrounding suburbs, Rockingham and surrounding suburbs, Midland, Murdoch, Bunbury and Broome. 

The staged roll-out is intended to enable effective development and implementation of the WA Medicare UCC model.

Are Medicare UCCs associated with other urgent care centres in WA?

No. Medicare UCCs are a new initiative of the current Australian Government. They are unrelated to the WA GP Urgent Care Network, the St John Ambulance Urgent Care Centres or any other existing WA urgent care model.

What is the model of care?

They will offer treatment for urgent but not life threatening illnesses and injuries requiring same day assessment for people who would otherwise have visited an emergency department.

What will the opening hours be?

The UCCs will have extended opening hours, including weekends.

Will they accept walk in appointments?

Yes, walk in appointments will be accepted.

Will there be a cost to patients?

No, urgent care appointments will be bulk billed.

Where will the clinics be located?

The first three clinics will be located within the following federal electorates:

  • Perth City and surrounding suburbs
  • Joondalup and surrounding suburbs
  • Rockingham and surrounding suburbs

Four more clinics are expected to open by the end of 2023 in Murdoch, Midland, Bunbury and Broome.

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