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$165,726 boost for health services on the south west slopes.



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Media Release

Mike Kelly AM MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP

Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Wednesday 28 January 2009

$165,726 boost for health services on the South West Slopes

Mike Kelly AM, MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro today announced that the federal Government would be investing $165,726 into the Active Foot Clinic Podiatry which provides podiatry outreach services.

The $165,726 provided under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP) will be used to purchase podiatry and IT equipment, furnishings and motor vehicles for outreach services.

This is part of a $12 million investment in rural and regional health services across the nation with more to come, including $990,000 across Eden-Monaro.

Dr Kelly said: “This is an important boost to the delivery of health services across the south west slopes, including Tumut.

“This investment in the south west slopes will assist in improving access to and the quality of health services provided in the region.

“This $550,000 invested in health infrastructure in Bega is part of a $990,000 investment across Eden-Monaro, including $550,000 for a Cooma GP clinic and $274,000 for the Bega Private Hospital in Bega.

“We are also looking at further health announcements for health services in our region in the coming months.

“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to important investments in rural health, including important initiatives to improve workforce shortages across the country.

“In November the Government announced an investment of $1.1 billion in training more doctors, nurses and other health professionals. This is the single biggest investment in the health workforce ever made by an Australian Government.

“There will be further funding rounds under this program and I invite any interested parties to contact my office to find out more information. This program shows that the Rudd Government is committed to improving important projects in rural and regional communities”, said Dr Kelly.

Applications received under the second funding round of the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program are currently under assessment. A third funding round is expected to be announced in February.

The Commonwealth contribution to the Health Workforce National Partnership includes: • Almost $500 million to support the expansion of undergraduate clinical training places, and directly subsidise clinical training for undergraduate medical, nursing and allied health students  $86 million to provide 212 additional ongoing GP training places and 73 additional

specialist training places in the private sector, boosting the total number of GP training

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

places to over 800 from 2011 onwards - a 33% per cent increase on the cap of 600 places imposed since 2004.  $28 million to help train approximately 18,000 nurse supervisors, 5,000 allied health and VET supervisors, and 7,000 medical supervisors - to ensure there is sufficient capacity to

supervise additional students coming through the system  $175.6 million investment in capital infrastructure to support training of the future health workforce, including funding for the construction of new and mobile high-tech simulated learning environments and the expansion of education and training facilities at major

regional hospitals  $264 million will be provided for other important initiatives including the establishment of a National Workforce Agency - to better coordinate clinical training across a range of

workforce settings, and assist with workforce planning, as recommended by the Productivity Commission in its 2005 report on Australia's Health Workforce.

Local organisations interested in finding out more about the program, including who can apply, should visit http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/nrrhip-lp

Media contact: Evan Langdon 0447 694 201 or evan.langdon@aph.gov.au