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Regional health plan for Geelong/Barwon area



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AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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127/74 sRI PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, DR D.N. EVER INGHAM

- REGIONAL HEALTH PLAN FOR GEELOHC-/BARWON AREA

The Australian Government is to give S1,035>658 to

Victoria for the development of a. pilot regional health plan in

the Geelong/Barwon area of the State.

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

today that the plan, which had been dravm up by the Barwon

Regional Council for Social Development, would provide

experience which would probably help in planning health services

on a regional basis in other parts of Australia. .

The grant has been made on the recommendation of the

Hospitals and Health Services Commission as part of the

Australian Government's Community Health Program.

There are 173,000 people in the Gee1ong/Barwon area

of southern Victoria which takes in such centres as Geelong,

Colac, Queenscliff, Torquay, L o m e , Apollo Bay and Portarlington.

Dr Everingham said the basic purpose of the regional

health plan was to co-ordinate and integrate existing health

services and to develop further services in a systematic way.

He said that ten specific projects had been approved

initially.

They included community health services for various

parts of the region, a counselling service for alcoholism,

health education facilities for young people and assistance

for the handicapped.

(Full details of the projects are given in the

attachment).

2.

Dr Everingham said that the Geelong/Barwon region

'•••was-·experiencing·-a··rapid"population· growthy'panti'cularly in - 1"

the municipalities of Bellarine, Corio and South Barwon. -

v ’ He said that 40 per cent of the population within

the region was under the age of twenty years and the region

had the highest proportion of migrants of any provincial

region in Victoria. . ’ ·

Dr Everingham said that the plan put forward by the

.Barwon Regional Council for Social Development took particular

note of the role of the community health nurse and the linking

of specialist and generalist health services to provide a more

accessible community service.

He said he hoped to see the introduction of a 24-hour

community nursing service as soon as possible, as part of the

regional service. ; .

The plan also aimed at better distribution of general

medical practitioners.

. Attention would be given to the education of

community health personnel within the region and the establishment

of rapport between various participating medical and paramedical

groups. ' · . ·

Dr Everingham said he hoped that early discussions

would be held with the local branches of the Australian Medical

Association and the Royal Australian College of· General _

Practitioners concerning the need to construct community health

centres in the rapidly developing new suburbs of Geelong.

3.

■ The implications of this On the re-location of

general practitioners and the Family Medicine Program would

need to be discussed. .

Part of the Federal grant ($5>000) is for further

. research and evaluation for the regional health plan.

Dr Everingham said it was hoped to hold discussions

with the Department of Urban and Regional Development and the

Cities Commission to ensure that due account is taken of health

planning when the matter of the Ceelong Region Growth Centre

is-under consideration. '

Canberra, December 18, 1974

Attachment

Community Health Program, 1974/75

Victoria

Project . Objective Amount

Corio Community Health Centre (Corio) To establish and operate a $

Community Health Centre ·

372,600

Geelong Children's Health Resources Centre Geelong City (Corio)

Establishment of compre­ hensive health education and social services for children · .

225,750

Association for the Bl i n d , Geelong (Corio)

Provision of day centre facilities for various handicapped people in.the . region. ■

235,694

Grace McKellar House Belmont (Corangamite) : Acquisition of property f o r ' day centre services, .

48,750

Information and. counselling service for alcoholism .

Geelong (Corio) .

Establish advice/information counselling service for . .

alcoholics

16,764

Portarlington and District Community •ealth Centre (Corio)

Provision of Community Health Services 54,575

Adolescent and Family Centre, Geelong (Corio)

A comprehensive health education and health outreach program, for young people .

23,925

Torquay Community .

Health Centre (Corangamite)

Purchase of building and . establishment of Community Health Service

63,075

Anglesea and Airey's Inlet Bush Nursing Centre (Corangamite)

Provision of Community Health Services 5,925

Queenscliff and District Community Health Centre · '

(Corangamite)

Salary of community nurse in • training 3,600

Research and .

evaluation project (Corio/Corangamite)

To finance research into regional health care integration 5,000