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Federal money for two new Melbourne health centres



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AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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

FEDERAL MONEY FOR TWO NEW MELBOURNE HEALTH CENTRES

· . The Australian Government is to provide more: than

$37,000 for two new community health centre projects in Melbourne.

The Minister for Health, Dr D.N. Everingham, announced

the grants to-day as part of the Federal Government's community .

health program which is providing funds for the development of

co-ordinated community-based health services throughout Australia.

. The two new health centre projects are the Dovetoh/ .

Hallam Health Centre, (which will receive $22,500) and the ;·

West Heidelberg Community Health Centre, ($14,850). .. . 7 ‘ ' ·

Dr Everingham said t^rat the Australian Government

proposed to purchase a building at Doveton/Hallam for the community

health centre. Doveton/Hallam is a health services scarcity area

with a higher than average number of elderly residents.

Dr Everingham said that the Doveton/Hallam Community

Health Centre Committee, comprising 1local residents, intended that,

the total health care team concept would be developed as part of

the forward planning of the centre's facilities; The team would

include personnel such as ^physiotherapist, Occupational therapist,

speech therapist, social worker and community nurse etc.

Part of the initial grant of $22,500 to the Centre

has been earmarked for the specific purpose of employing a social

worker to work from the Centre to plan and organise the. services

required. · ' ■ . . .

The West Heidelberg Community Centre will be . .

established in the Olympic Village of the suburb - a housing

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project originally designed as official accommodation during

the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

There are few community health and welfare resources

available in the area at present.

Dr Everingham said that the Australian Government grant

of $14,850 was an initial step toward meeting the needs of the . .

area and would enable the local community health centre committee

at West Heidelberg to proceed with planning the development Of the

Centre. Part of the grant would be used to employ a social worker

to carry out the initial development work.

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CANBERRA 23 September 19.74