Tiaro needs medical attention

TIARO has an updated tourist information centre this year – but what the town’s residents really need is a fully equipped medical centre and pharmacy.

Several angry Tiaro residents have contacted the Fraser Coast Chronicle after finding out the medical centre they desperately need has been stalled again.

The town currently has one doctor’s clinic, which struggles to meet demand, and no chemist.

At a Fraser Coast Regional Council community briefing held in Tiaro last year, residents were told the council was applying for Federal Government funding for a new medical centre and pharmacy.

The council also assured residents it would support the project by providing the use of the former Tiaro Shire Council building and carpark.

But the Federal Government funding application was knocked back in December.

“It’s sad we haven’t got the funding,” Doctor Susie Baudoeuf said. “Tiaro really needs it.

“We could work more efficiently if we had improved facilities and it would be much easier to attract doctors here if we had a medical centre.

“At the moment we have one telephone line for computers, the fax and telephones.

“We are definitely short of equipment – we need resuscitation equipment.

“The ambulance can’t get here in time to save somebody if they have a heart or asthma attack, if they arrest.”

Dr Baudoeuf said the Monsour Clinic at Tiaro operated four days a week, with one doctor rostered on each of those days.

“We’re fully booked a week or two ahead. We service patients from Tiaro, Bauple, Glenwood, Mungar, Gundiah and Yerra and the population is growing.”

Rumour is rife in the town that the former Tiaro council building will be occupied by a new tourist centre.

But a council spokesman told the Chronicle the building was still available for the proposed medical centre.

Councillor Linda Harris said the council remained committed to securing a medical centre for Tiaro.

“There’s another round of funding coming up and the council hasn’t changed its position – another application will be put forward,” she said.

“It is several hundred thousand dollars we need and unfortunately it all takes time.”

The council has about $100,000 set aside for the medical centre.

A Urangan pharmacy owner had planned to open a chemist at the site once it had been approved.

“The town has been without a chemist for nearly two years,” she said.

“A chemist is desperately needed in Tiaro and would make a difference to a lot of people, especially those with mobility problems who have to get on a bus to Maryborough just to get a prescription filled.”

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