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$61,460 for improved speech pathology in Clare

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Thursday 21 June 2012

$61,460 for improved speech pathology in Clare

Patients in Clare will benefit from improved services after the Federal Government funded mobile outreach speech pathology services, Nick Champion announced today.

The Government is investing $61,460 in mobile outreach speech pathology services so that local residents will have better access to quality health care.

“While rates of some chronic disease are high for patients living in rural and remote areas, they often find it harder to access the level of health care they require,” said Nick Champion.

“The Gillard Government is committed to providing access to quality health care to Australians where they need it, when they need it.”

According to the National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health, rural areas have higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity as well as poor dental, antenatal and post-natal health.

Nick Champion said providing health infrastructure, either as capital works or as equipment, was essential to improving these statistics.

“The mobile outreach speech pathology service is another example of the Gillard Government’s commitment to setting up new rural health services and improving existing facilities,” he said.

Funding was awarded to TALK Speech Pathology under Round 6 of the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program, and is part of $8.7 million being directed to projects across Australia.

Funding is recommended by the independent National Assessment Panel.

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Media Release Nick Champion MP Federal Member for Wakefield