New local GP after five months without

Local GP: Dr Yohana Kurniawan will be working at the Wundowie Health Centre one day a week as of this Wednesday. Photo: Supplied.

Local GP: Dr Yohana Kurniawan will be working at the Wundowie Health Centre one day a week as of this Wednesday. Photo: Supplied.

Without a general practitioner based at the Wundowie Health Centre for nearly five months, the local community has been assured that their health needs will be catered for, following the annoucement that a new GP to work out of the centre as of this Wednesday.

Not for profit health care provider the Wheatbelt Health Network announced the placement of Dr Yohana Kurniawan in Wundowie last week.

Dr Yo is set to begin serving the Wundowie community from January 15, starting with one full day a week with future service delivery dependent on uptake.

Previously, GPs had only been available at the Wundowie Health half a day a week.

Dr Yo has over 15 years experience as a GP with qualifications in microbiology, education, medicine and child health.

She has three children and is an accomplished pianist.

Dr Yo has been working at the Wheatbelt Health Network in Northam for the last three years.

"I'm really looking forward to working in Wundowie it is such a lovely town," she said.

Wheatbelt Health Network chief executive Dr Harry Randhawa said he was glad to see his team supporting another town within the region.

"We are really pleased to be working with Western Australian Country Health Service to provide bulk billing GP services for the Wundowie community," he said.

The Wheatbelt Health Network has centres based in Northam and Toodyay with a team made up of GPs, podiatrists, dieticians, mental health services and other visiting specialists.

At the end of last year, Wundowie was included in 24/7 access to Call-A-Doc, a free service that offers medical advice when it is most needed and avoids the need to visit the local emergency department.

The temporary increase in the service's operating hours was to provide coverage whilst recruitment took place for the new GP.