Clarence ICC delivering health services to the community Fri 13 July 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version Download hi-res version Download hi-res version Download hi-res version The Tasmanian Government is delivering on its commitment to helping Tasmanians in need, with the opening today of the new $18.5 million Clarence Integrated Care Centre. The Premier, Lara Giddings, today opened the complex, with includes the $5.5 million federally-funded GP Super Clinic and State Government investment of $13 million in a range of new health services. "Integrated Care Centres are a key feature of Tasmania's Health Plan, which I launched as Health Minister, and it is fantastic to see the State Government's vision for community based care coming to fruition," Ms Giddings said. "With an ageing population placing more pressure on the acute end of our hospital system, it is critical that we introduce new and innovative ways of delivering vital healthcare services where they are needed. "The Clarence ICC provides a wide range of services directly to the community, meaning many patients with complex healthcare needs will no longer have to travel to hospital for treatment. "The centre will manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease as well as identify early relapses and complications, help prevent further illness and encourage healthy living. "By providing high quality preventative health services we are also working to ensure that people can avoid hospitalisation altogether." Ms Giddings said services provided at the ICC included community nursing and respiratory clinics alongside adult mental health, alcohol and drug, chronic and complex disease and youth health services. "This centre is a perfect match with the Commonwealth Government's GP Super Clinic which has more than doubled the number of clients seen by the former community health centre since opening in July last year." Ms Giddings said the $22.5 million Launceston Integrated Care Centre is also nearing completion. "The Launceston ICC is an integral part of the $110 million Launceston General Hospital redevelopment and is the result of collaboration between the State and Federal Governments and the University of Tasmania. "The project's first stage included construction of a renal dialysis unit in Kings Meadows which is providing crucial care direct to the community." Planning is also underway to build further ICCs in both Kingborough and Glenorchy.