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Keeping property assets healthy

GROWING Perth-based company Foundation Healthcare this month welcomed Cameron Hopkins to its team as property asset manager.

Mr Hopkins brings with him a wealth of knowledge on the local property industry from his previous position as manager of the retail asset management department of property consul-ting firm Burgess Rawson.

Mr Hopkins’ new position will not be limited to State borders. Working with David Devenish, general manager of property, his responsibilities will include asset management of Foundation Healthcare’s 140 medical centres across Australia.

“This is more of a true asset management role, rather than straight property management, which is focused on maintaining a property,” Mr Hopkins said. “The role will involve acquisition and divestment work, it will involve a much higher level of property management.

“It will be a challenging role and I expect it will be refreshing to deal with property Australia-wide, because that will involve working with different rules and regulations in different States.”

Foundation Healthcare is a healthcare provider that develops and operates medical centres throughout the country.

The business provides premises, staff, medical equip-ment and supplies to general practitioners who are contracted to work at the various centres.

Mr Hopkins said he believed this kind of service provision was the future of general practice, as it allowed doctors to concentrate on being doctors rather than having to worry about the various stresses of running a medical practice.

“They no longer have to worry about things like leases or medical supplies, it frees them up to concentrate on patient care,” he said.

Mr Hopkins also will be working with other medical centre tenants, such as physio-therapists and radiologists, not contracted to Foundation Healthcare.

At present, Foundation Healthcare estimates it caters for about 6.5 per cent of Australian GPs, which equates to just more than 1000 doctors.

The estimates put the two-year old company well on the way to reaching its goal of providing its services to 20 per cent of Australian GPs.

The company recently opened WA medical centres in Bicton and at the Kingsway Shopping Centre and currently is working on another two centres.

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