WEST Wimmera Health Service opened its $1.85-million Goroke Community Health Centre on Friday.
The redeveloped centre includes four new consulting rooms, a dental and podiatry room and a new reception and waiting area.
The physiotherapy and allied health treatment area was also upgraded in the centre’s first renovations since 1978.
Health service chief executive John Smith said redeveloping the centre was an enormous achievement.
“The place would probably be the envy of many small towns throughout country Victoria,” he said.
“Goroke now has a state of the art centre to provide primary health care; there is a great emphasis on primary care to help people remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
“Australia’s ageing population is a real issue for Victoria and our area and it is something we have to face.
“This centre will see this community through the next decade or two.”
Mr Smith said medical and allied health professionals would be based at the centre when visiting Goroke.
“We are able to arrange for medical visits through the Tristar Medical Group and we employ a large range of allied health professionals,” he said.
“We are part of a combined healthcare network so Goroke has access to a whole range of health services.”
Gwen Bourchier opened the centre on Friday after her family donated $300,000 to the redevelopment.
Mr Smith said Mrs Bourchier was a special lady.
“We were trying to get money out of the State Government for this particular project and we couldn’t do that so the family’s donation was a real catalyst,” he said.
“Their desire was to provide a better and continuing health service for the Goroke community.”
The Federal Government also provided $500,000, while a Hamilton man donated $50,000.