Upgraded musculoskeletal assessment unit opens at Blackwood Hospital

Media Release

MCC017/2015

20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Dr Andrew Southcott MP

Federal Member for Boothby

People suffering from a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders can now be assessed and treated at an upgraded assessment unit at Blackwood and District Community Hospital.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, said the Australian Government had provided $500,000 towards the total $654,387 cost of refurbishing and equipping an existing clinical practice within the Blackwood Hospital.

“The success of this project demonstrates how the Australian Government can work with organisations like the Southern Adelaide Health Institute to improve the community's access to critical diagnostic services and associated treatments,” Mr McCormack said.

“An added bonus for the local community was the creation of six jobs during the construction phase of this project as well as three ongoing positions.”

Dr Andrew Southcott, Federal Member for Boothby, officially opened the new unit today.

“The opening of the Graham Mercer Musculoskeletal Assessment Unit delivers on one of my key election commitments of $500,000 in funding to ensure that the Blackwood Hospital site continues to be an important health centre in our local community,” Dr Southcott said.

“This location has provided health services to Blackwood and the foothills community since 1954, and its closure on Christmas Eve 2010 was mourned by many local residents.

“With the support of the Australian Government, we are now seeing Blackwood Hospital take on a new life, continuing to provide health services to the community, and now making available state-of-the art diagnostic tools to provide patients with the high level of services they require.

“The new unit will provide access to a suite of the latest musculoskeletal diagnostic tools, including a system capable of Radio Stereometric Analysis, a new gait analysis unit, and a new diagnostic investigations suite which features a Computer Tomography detector.

“I would also like to congratulate Associate Professor Graham Mercer, after whom the new unit is named, in recognition of his untiring efforts to improve the public health system in our State.”

The Southern Adelaide Health Partnership contributed $154,387 to the total $654,387 cost of the project.