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COMMUNITY HEALTH' PROGRAM FOR WESTERN A U ST R A L IA

The A u s t r a l i a n Government w i l l p r o v i d e $ 6 3 9 ,0 0 0 u n d e r t h e Community

H e a l t h Program f o r a number o f p r o j e c t s i n W es te rn A u s t r a l i a d u r i n g 1 9 7 3 /7 4 .

' The M i n i s t e r f o r H e a l t h , Dr D.N. E v erin g h am , s a i d to d a y th a t" h e " had

a p p r o v e d t h e program f o l l o w i n g a reco m m en d atio n t o him by t h e I n t e r i m Committee

On H o s p i t a l s an d H e a l t h S e r v i c e s .

The pro g ram w i l l e n a b l e t h e W e s te r n A u s t r a l i a n Government t o e s t a b l i s h

community h e a l t h c e n t r e s a t Mandurah and B u s s e l t o n , and t o d e v e l o p home c a r e

p ro g ram s f o r t h e S t a t e .

The I n t e r i m C o m m i t t e e 's s u p p o r t f o r a h e a l t h c e n t r e a t Mandurah w i l l

h e l p t h e W e s te rn A u s t r a l i a n Government t o overcome a s e r i o u s s h o r t a g e o f m e d ic a l

s e r v i c e s i n t h e town.

Mandurah i s a c o a s t a l town 4.3 m i l e s s o u t h o f F r e m a n t l e , where t h e

p o p u l a t i o n o f 6 ,1 5 0 a lm o s t d o u b le s i n th e summer s e a s o n .

T here i s no h o s p i t a l and o f t e n o n ly one g e n e r a l p r a c t i t i o n e r .

The A u s t r a l i a n G o v e rn m e n t's s u p p o r t f o r t h i s p r o j e c t w i l l e n a b le

$2 8 6 ,0 0 0 t o be s p e n t on la n d a c q u i s i t i o n , b u i l d i n g s and equipm ent i n 1 9 7 3 /7 4 .

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M ed ica l s e r v i c e s a t th e c e n t r e w i l l be co n d u c te d on a p r i v a t e m e d ic a l

p r a c t i t i o n e r b a s i s and an e x t e n s i v e ra n g e o f p a r a m e d ic a l and S t a t e h e a l t h s e r v i c e s

w i l l be a v a i l a b l e i n th e same b u i l d i n g . .

The I n t e r i m Committee h a s recommended t h e . e x p e n d i t u r e o f $25 0 ,0 0 0 on th e

B u s s e lto n h e a l t h c e n t r e , w hich w i l l p r o v id e a s i m i l a r r a n g e O f h e a l t h s e r v i c e s to

t h o s e o u t l i n e d f o r Mandurah. A f u r t h e r amount w i l l be made a v a i l a b l e f o r

s t a f f i n g a t a l a t e r d a t e . , .

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B u s s e l t o n i s 148 m i l e s s o u th o f P e r t h and i n r e c e n t y e a r s h a s been

t h e s u b j e c t o f a u n iq u e h e a l t h s u r v e y e x p e rim e n t i n v o l v i n g t h e c o - o p e r a t i o n

o f t h e whole community. . ,

'l'he home c a r e program t o be d e v e lo p e d a s a r e s u l t of th e l a t e s t

N edoral a s s i s t a n c e w i l l p r o v id e home n u r s i n g f a c i l i t i e s to e i g h t c o u n t r y towns

th ro u g h o u t W estern A u s t r a l i a where t h e r e i s a r e c o g n i s e d need f o r such s e r v i c e s .

The towns a r c i'lsp era n ce, C o r r i g i n , K o n d in in , N ortham pton, Qua t r a d i n g ,

Donnybrook, K e r r e d in and K a l g O o r l i e .

One n u r s e will, be p r o v id e d a t each" o f the' towns e x c e p t Kalgoorlie" , .

where two w i l l be p r o v i d e d .

The s e r v i c e s w i l l be a d m i n i s t e r e d by h o s p i t a l management in th e v a r i o u s

a r e a s and w i l l p r o v id e home n u r s i n g and home h e l p where m e d ic a l j u s t i f i c a t i o n

has been e s t a b l i s h e d .

The A u s t r a l i a n Government w i l l p r o v id e 1 8 0 ,0 0 0 f o r th e scheme i n 1 9 7 ^ -7 ^ .

' Λ second s t r a n d of t h e home c a r e program w i l l be th e a d d i t i o n o f a

s o c i a l work socm ent to t h e p r e s e n t g e r i a t r i c s e r v i c e i n th e G ta t e so t h a t i t can·

p r o v id e a f u l l e x te n d e d c a r e s e r v i c e f o r p e o p le o f any age w ith p ro lo n g e d i l l n e s s .

Exnenriϊ t u r e d u r in g 1973/7^ w i l l be 1123,000 an^ w i l l in v o l v e th e p r o v i s i o n of

a d d i t i o n a l s t a f f f o r th e s e r v i c e . T h is s t a f f w i l l d e v e lo p and s u p e r v i s e hone

c a r e program s f o r a r e a s n o t o t h e r w i s e s e r v e d , and w i l l u n d e r ta k e s u r v e y s o f th e

n e e d s of d i s a b l e d p e r s o n s . .

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