A new two-storey community health facility in Dapto plans to provide family services, dental, aged care support and drug and alcohol counselling.
A development application has been submitted to Wollongong City Council for the demolition of the existing Dapto Community Health Centre and construction of HealthOne Dapto.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District two-storey project at 4 Marshall Street will increase the primary health services available to the community and will focus on "disadvantaged local communities, chronic and complex conditions and children and families".
The centre will integrate GP services and non-government care providers.
The facility would include 14 community health consulting rooms, four oral health consulting rooms, two allied health spaces, 35 full time staff for clinical support, staff amenities and car parking spaces.
Eleven staff will be tasked to home visits.
"The proposed service configuration is described as a hub and spoke model, which relies upon improved clinical relationships and service pathways between service providers to provide health services that meet the needs of the local community," the development application said.
"The facility will be a spoke site having access to the Wollongong and Warilla Community Health Centre hubs providing a wide array of services including child and family services, generalised primary health nursing, drug and alcohol counselling and allied and aged care support."
The existing Dapto Community Health Centre "is limiting the ability to provide for the required services".
"The consequence is an inability to deliver a contemporary model of care and services and the perceived future needs of a growing and aging population," the report said.
The district believes the benefits include a broad range of services from prevention and promotion to chronic care; coordinated care in one purpose-built place; case management; avoidable emergency department emissions and aims to meet the needs of the growing population.