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$252,284.90 for Mildura Private Hospital.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Tuesday, 14 June 2005

$252,284.90 FOR MILDURA PRIVATE HOSPITAL

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today announced that private health services in Mildura have received a funding boost from the Australian Government to improve the capacity of private hospitals and allied health services.

“The $252,284.90 funding from the Rural Private Access Program will upgrade clinical infrastructure for the Mildura Private Hospital,” said Mr Forrest.

Ms Trudie Chant, General Manager of the Mildura Private Hospital said they were very pleased with the funding that would enable them to replace outdated endoscopy equipment to achieve an appropriate technology upgrade. “These Commonwealth funds enable us to have leading edge technology which is important in the ongoing care we provide to our district patients,” said Ms Chant.

Mr Forrest said the funding will be of immense benefit to Mildura and district and he congratulated the Mildura Private Hospital for their efforts in attracting this vital funding.

“This round of grants are worth a total of $7.8 million and will assist the viability of private hospitals and support and increase the range of privately insurable health services in rural, regional and remote Australia,” Mr Forrest said.

The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking funding applications for the next round of grants under the program. The total funding available for the Second Funding Round is appropriately $10 million. Funding of individual projects will be up to a maximum of $500,000.

Applications close on 29 July 2005. More information can be found at hhtp://www.health.gov.au or by emailing rpa@health.gov.au

The Rural Private Access Program is part of the Rural Health Strategy that provides $830m over four years for health and aged care services and workforce measures.

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