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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 636

Kentish Health Centre

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

We the residents of Kentish would like to draw to the attention of the House the impact to the community of the cessation of federal funding for Tandara Lodge Community Care Inc's Kentish Health Centre services on 31 December 2016. The Kentish Health Centre provided a range of allied health services and preventative health programs to the Kentish community including physiotherapy, podiatry, lymphatic drainage, counselling and a women's health clinic to name a few. The services also included a free regular community transport service for residents that have no other means of accessing specialist health services in Devonport and Latrobe.

We therefore ask the House to 1. Grant the Kentish Health Centre a six month extension for the existing services and run the new primary health network program concurrently. 2. Ensure there will be no future downgrading of the existing services currently offered by Kentish Health Centre 3. Retain the preventative health and transport services currently provided to the community.

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