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Greta patients to benefit from new primary care instrstructure grants



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP

Member for Hunter

MEDIA RELEASE 6 December 2010

GRETA PATIENTS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW PRIMARY CARE INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

Patients can expect to see big changes at the Greta Medical Centre, thanks to the clinic’s successful shortlisting to receive one of the Gillard Government’s primary care infrastructure grants.

Over 240 organisations around the country have been shortlisted as successful applicants for primary care infrastructure grants of up to $500,000.

“We want to make it easier for Australians to see a doctor when they need to,” Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon explained.

“These grants will help local doctors to expand the services they offer to their communities.”

Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon said the grants are being used to refurbish or extend treatment and training rooms around the country.

“Many grants will be used to provide patients with access to new health professionals such as diabetes educators, mental health workers and physiotherapists.”

“This is great news for the Greta community, as it will mean patients will soon be able to access a wider range of services at the Greta Medical Centre,” said Mr Fitzgibbon.

The second round of Primary Care Infrastructure Grants is expected to be advertised in March 2011.

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