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Centre attune to community health needs


Cardiff Squash Centre will become the site of the first integrated health precinct in the country.

ATUNE Health Centres’ latest development will house more than 100 staff, including health and medical professionals, under one roof upon completion late next year.

Unlike many medical and health centres, each person working on-site will be directly employed by ATUNE Health Centres and will work collaboratively to provide multi-disciplinary treatment across areas such as psychology, physiotherapy, speech pathology, dietetics and podiatry.

Chief executive officer and Lake Macquarie Business Person of the Year 2019, Simon Ashley, told Newcastle Weekly this meant a patient could present to a GP and receive all the treatment they needed in one place.

An artist’s impression of ATUNE Health Centres’ Cardiff South development.

“Through an integrated team assessment, a patient might see five other health professionals in addition to a GP,” he said. “That really changes the way we treat people.

“This holistic approach is the way of healthcare in the future.”

Mr Ashley bought the Ada Street site in Cardiff South nine years ago, and has been planning the development since.

He currently operates three other centres – one in Belmont and two in Warners Bay – but will consolidate the latter two when the Cardiff South hub opens in September 2020.

With a nod to the centre’s heritage as the only private squash court left standing in the Hunter, Mr Ashley not only plans to retain the courts, but spend about $220,000 on upgrading them.

They will become an integral part of the finished product, alongside two Pilates and yoga studios, a hydro pool and rehabilitation gym as well as an organic food café and health food store.

In total, there will be 30 consultation rooms, including seven medical suites and a pathology lab.

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