Friday, November 10, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Exciting news for the Clermont community as a permanent doctor will begin practicing at the Clermont Multi-Purpose Health Service (MPHS). This significant development is a welcomed relief for the locals and has garnered enthusiastic support from community advocate group Clermont4Doctors.
Mackay HHS Executive Director of Public Health and Rural Services Terry Johnson said both organisations had been working hard to attract more permanent doctors to the area.
“We are thrilled to announce that Dr Tim Lane has been appointed to the position of Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Clermont and he has made a permanent move to town with his family,” Ms Johnson said.
“Dr Lane has previous experience in the Northern Territory and in Queensland in both remote and regional facilities.
“He has worked in a number of rural and regional areas including Bundaberg and Gin Gin.
“Dr Lane is also interested in general practice and primary health care, and we will be working with Tim to see how we can support his interest in this.”
Dr Lane commenced at Clermont MPHS on Monday, 6th November.
The Clermont MPHS will continue to be served by visiting locums to support Dr Lane and share the workload at the facility while we undertake further medical recruitment.
Clermont4Doctors Project Worker Janelle Otto said it was a very good outcome for the Clermont community.
“This is a great step forward in improving the community’s access to doctors so they can get the care they need, when they need it,” Ms Otto said.
“Clermont4Doctors will continue to support further medical recruitment and any doctors interested in finding out more about our community are invited to contact us.”
Dr Lane is excited about the move to our region.
“I am committed to rural health, and I look forward to giving my time and energy to supporting the Clermont community,” Dr Lane said.
Dr Tim Lane, left, has taken up residence in Clermont with his family (partner Freddy and baby son Dominic)