Yarram secures the services of a GP

Dr Greg Ivanoff, who has been working in Heyfield for more than a decade, will take ownership of the Yarram Medical Centre from early July.

Dr Greg Ivanoff, who has been working in Heyfield for more than a decade, will take ownership of the Yarram Medical Centre from early July.

YARRAM and District Health Service is in contract negotiations to transfer Yarram Medical Centre to the ownership of a new doctor in town, after months of difficulties attracting a doctor to Yarram.

After serving the Heyfield community for 15 years, Dr Greg Ivanoff and his family will move to Yarram mid-June.

The ownership transfer is expected to take place early July, and will render Yarram Medical Centre as a private practice.

Dr Ivanoff, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a Fellow of the Australian College for Rural and Remote Medicine, has also committed to offering his services at Yarram hospital.

YDHS chief executive officer Colleen Boag said it was a great outcome for the Yarram community and its health service.

"Dr Ivanoff is a GP physician and he and his wife plan to grow the Yarram Medical Centre, providing holistic family medicine for our community and patients and a training practice for general practitioners," she said.

The news comes following an announcement in March that YDHS will receive $4 million from the state government to build an integrated healthcare centre.

The centre will provide contemporary facilities for doctors and consolidate primary care and ancillary services on the one site.

The use of telemedicine and technology-based solutions to improve access to specialist services will feature heavily in the centre's design.

Given the Yarram health service has been forced to consider closing its urgent care facilities, following unsuccessful attempts to attract GPs to the town, the use of telemedicine will enable nursing staff to provide medical services with telelinks to doctors in other hospitals.

Ms Boag anticipated the build will take 18 months, including the demolition of the current Yarram Medical Centre and Community Service building and a rebuild of the centre on the existing site.

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