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Community health projects in Western Australia



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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH, MR RALPH HUNT AND THE ACTING WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND COMMUNITY WELFARE, MR PETER JONES

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECTS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Bremer Bay, an isolated farming and fishing community on

the south coast of Western Australia, is to have a small community

health centre.

The centre will be financed jointly by the Commonwealth

and State Governments under the Community Health Program.

The Commonwealth Minister for Health, Mr 'Ralph Hunt, and

the Acting Western Australian Minister for Health.and Community

Welfare, Mr Peter Jones, announced support for the project in a

joint statement today.

The Commonwealth's contribution to the new health centre

at Bremer Bay will be approximately $24 000 this financial year.

The Western Australian Government will also provide approximately

$24 000.

Bremer Bay is an isolated farming community with a

permanent population of 125 and a seasonal population of 2000. It

has a small but increasing community of professional fishermen.

The nearest health services are at Albany, 180 kilometres away.

The health centre to be built at Bremer Bay will be a

small one, staffed by a community health nurse.

Mr Hunt and Mr Jones also announced today that Community

Health Program money would be made available for the expansion of

the community health centre serving the Lockridge and Eden Hill

areas of Perth. The health centre already uses two separate

premises at Eden Hill, one rented and one owned by the State

Government. The Community Health Program grant will enable

an additional house to be purchased and both it and the house

already owned by the State to be enlarged.

The additional Commonwealth contribution to the Lockridge

- Eden Hill project will be approximately $20 000 this financial

year out of the 1978/79 block .grant of $4,463M made available to

Western Australia, which will also contribute an additional $20 000.

CANBERRA, 1 FEBRUARY 1979