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Opening of the Sunshine Coast After Hours Service. Speech at Maroochydore.



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Speech Senator the Hon Kay Patterson Minister for Health and Ageing

Opening of the Sunshine Coast After Hours Service

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, Maroochydore 7 November 2002

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I am delighted to open the After Hours Service for the Sunshine Coast, as I know the Service is providing many benefits in this community.

After Hours Services meet an important local need, as we all know that illness and injury does not occur between 9am and 5pm.

The Commonwealth Government is boosting after hours services around Australia to address the great demand for these services.

We are receiving very positive feedback on the value that communities such as the Sunshine Coast place on increased after hours care.

Our After Hours Program also reflects our willingness to respond to the ideas and needs of GPs, and work cooperatively with them to improve patient care. I am pleased that the Consortium led by the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital was successful in receiving one of our Grants to establish an after hours clinic here at the Hospital, and a primary care home visiting service for the wider community.

I understand the clinic and the home visiting service commenced operation almost a year ago, and have since received overwhelming support from local GPs and patients.

This Service is making a valued contribution to the health and wellbeing of the Sunshine Coast community.

I congratulate Mr Stuart Tait and his colleagues at Family Care Medical Services, the team at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and the Cooperative of GP's for making this service a reality.

I believe this After Hours Service on the Sunshine Coast provides a model for other communities in Australia to follow.

I am delighted to declare the Sunshine Coast After Hours Service formally open.

ENDS

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Published on Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing web site 11 November 2002 Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/kp/kpsp021107b.htm