AUSTRALIA’S largest carmaker is opening 10 new clinics in 2019, as it seeks to cut the amount of people being treated for respiratory infections at a time when health workers across the country struggle to cope.
The company is also investing in the country’s critical infrastructure, including the critical roads and railways that link Australia’s towns and cities, to help improve health outcomes.
The first clinic will open in the Melbourne suburb of Sturt, which has a population of around 1.5 million people.
“We believe this will be a real and lasting positive change in the lives of people in the area, particularly those with respiratory illnesses,” Lexus Australia managing director and chief executive Paul Seddon said.
“It’s not just a place to take a quick test or check on your child or pet.”
Mr Seddo said the new clinics would be funded through Lexus’ investment in the national network of hospitals.
“The cost of caring for a respiratory infection is $300,000 or $400,000 in Australia, so that’s where our investment will come from,” he said.
Mr Sddon said the clinics would aim to treat as many as 5,000 patients a day.
The $50 million project is expected to be completed by 2020, with the first clinics opening in the state of Western Australia, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) south-west of Melbourne.
“I think we’ve made a real positive change to the community,” Mr Sedda said.
The project will be funded by a $100 million Lexus Global Health grant, with more funding to follow.
“Our intention is to get these clinics running as soon as we can, and in 2019 we’re going to start a national network in the Western Australian states and territories,” Mr Liddell said.
Lexus said the initial clinics would cover the areas of Western Australian and Queensland, but it is expected that the network will be expanded to cover other areas of the country in future.
The number of people with respiratory infections in Australia has risen to about 10 million, the majority of whom are children and teenagers, and is a major health concern.
A quarter of all respiratory infections reported in Australia in 2017 were among children aged 10-19.
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