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$256,623 for Sea Lake & District Health Service.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Tuesday, 14 June 2005

$256,623 FOR SEA LAKE & DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today announced that private health services in Sea Lake have received a funding boost from the Australian Government to improve the capacity of private hospitals and allied health services.

“The $256,623 funding from the Rural Private Access Program will upgrade clinical infrastructure and palliative care services for the Sea Lake & District Health Service,” said Mr Forrest.

Mr Ross Carter, CEO of Sea Lake & District Health Service said they were very pleased with the funding that would enable them to upgrade a number of facilities at the hospital. “These funds will enable us to refurbish an existing room for palliative care and upgrade the accident and emergency room. We will also utilise the funding to upgrade our hospital IT systems and provide staff training,” said Mr Carter.

Mr Forrest said the funding will be of immense benefit to the Sea Lake district and he congratulated the Sea Lake & District Health Service for their efforts in attracting this vital funding.

“This round of grants are worth a total of $7.8 million and will assist the viability of private hospitals and support and increase the range of privately insurable health services in rural, regional and remote Australia,” Mr Forrest said.

The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking funding applications for the next round of grants under the program. The total funding available for the Second Funding Round is appropriately $10 million. Funding of individual projects will be up to a maximum of $500,000.

Applications close on 29 July 2005. More information can be found at hhtp://www.health.gov.au or by emailing rpa@health.gov.au

The Rural Private Access Program is part of the Rural Health Strategy that provides $830m over four years for health and aged care services and workforce measures.

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