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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, DR D.N. EVERINGHAM

MORE COMMUNITY HEALTH GRANTS FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

A regional diabetic service, a community health services

training school and five health centres are among eleven additional

projects to be financed in New South Wales under the Australian

Government’s community health program.

The projects have attracted Federal grants totalling

$7311000 and are in addition to grants totalling $2.45 million for

the New South Wales Government announced by the Minister for Health,

Dr D.N. Everingham, on October 30.

(The Federal Government has provided $10 million for the

national program of community health services this financial year).

Dr Everingham said the two largest of the additional grants

nounced today for New. South Wales were for community health centres at

Allambie Heights, a north shore suburb of Sydney, and Rockdale, a

southern suburb. Both would be conducted by the Benevolent Society of

New South Wales, and would include primary medical care.

The Allambie Heights project has attracted a grant of

$172,000 and the Rockdale project $100,000.

Thirty thousand dollars has been provided by the Federal

Government for the establishment of regional services for diabetic

patients in the Northern Metropolitan area of Sydney and the Gosford-

Wyong area.

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■ A mobile diabetic team will be employed to give home treatment

and education in the principles of home diabetic management.

The program will emanate from the Royal North Shore Hospital,

but it is essentially a community program, and will be closely co-ordinated

with general medical practitioners.

Dr Everingham said that it would be a demonstration of a method

of delivering highly specialised medical services on a community level as

well as providing a back-up service to primary care services.

He said that if the program was successful it possibly could

be reproduced elsewhere, not only for diabetics, but for other disabilities

and diseases.

Other projects being supported under the latest program of

Australian Government grants to New South Wales are -

. #10,500 towards the salaries of a director, an assistant ,

director and an outreach director at the King's Cross crisis

centre of the Wayside Chapel.

• #33,000 for rental, equipment and salaries for.a community

health centre at Leichardt, which would be oriented towards

the special needs of women.

. #50,000, #53,000 and #53,000 respectively for capital costs

. associated with the construction of community health centres

at The. Entrance, Windale and Nelson Bay. ;

. #16,000 for the Bush Nursing Association of New South Wales,

including the salary of a nurse at the proposed new Bush

Nursing centre at Bribbaree. .

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. $65,000 for capital costs and salaries for the proposed

regional community health services training school at

Wollongong for personnel involved in the delivery of

community health services in the Illawarra region.

. $47,500 for salaries, rental and equipment for an .

administration/co-ordination team for community health

services in the Western Metropolitan Health Region of

Sydney.

Dr Everingham said that in addition to the grants outlined

above, the Australian Government was providing additional funds for two

projects already announced in the October grants.

An additional $18 ,000 was being provided for the conversion of .

a building for the training centre for community'health workers at Lidcombe

and an additional $113,000 was being provided to enable the establishment

of a second team of health workers for the community health back-up

services for the Fairfield/Penrith area.

Canberra, December 13, 1973 Dept No. 94