Nutrien funding supports return of medical service to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

The Penneshaw Community Health Rooms once housed Medical, Community Nursing and Allied Health Services on a weekly basis. With budget restraints by SA Health, these services were discontinued in Penneshaw and centralised in Kingscote, a round trip of approximately 120km.

Over a number of years, the Penneshaw CWA have advocated the need for the provision of a Doctor for the Penneshaw area, by liaising with the Kangaroo Island Medical Clinic, Rural Doctors Association of South Australia, Kangaroo Island Health Service, and Kangaroo Island Council. Last year, the CWA was successfully able to secure the services of a General Practitioner who began consulting for one day a week in September 2021.

The Penneshaw CWA, Penneshaw Progress Association (PPA) and Community Volunteers have worked to clean, paint and refurbish the building so that services can be reinstated.

The Penneshaw CWA with the support of the Penneshaw Progress Association (PPA) were successful in their application for a $5,000 grant through the Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants Program, along with a further $1,000 generously donated by the Penneshaw CFS in support of the facilities.

The grant money was used to provide air-conditioning for the Clinics Consulting Room and to provide disability access to the toilet, with a high-rise mobility toilet and grab rails. These improvements will meet the Standards & Guidelines required by the Commonwealth Disability Access Legislation and provide comfort for the diverse number of users of the clinic.