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Boost for rural private health services in New England.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Senator for NSW

BOOST FOR RURAL PRIVATE HEALTH SERVICES IN NEW ENGLAND

Three private health service providers in New England will benefit from more than $500,000 in funding which has been awarded under the Australian Coalition Government’s $36 million Rural Private Access Program.

Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald congratulated the North West Slopes Division of General Practice, H N McLean Memorial Retirement Village and Tamara Private Hospital for their success in gaining funding.

“These projects will enhance the capability of the private sector to deliver quality health services to communities across the New England electorate,” Senator Macdonald said.

The funding includes;

• $203,722 for Tamara Private Hospital, Tamworth, to establish a surgical and ancillary service for obese clients in rural NSW.

• $179,154 for H N McLean Memorial Retirement Village, Inverell, to implement a Rural and Remote Podiatry Project which aims to increase access to private health podiatry services in the rural and remote areas of New England and enhance the recruitment and retention of podiatrists.

• $176,084 for North West Slopes Division of General Practice, Tamworth, to establish an allied health practice to support allied health practitioners to deliver privately insurable services to the community of Tamworth and surrounding districts.

The Rural Private Access Program is part of the Australian Government’s $830 million Rural Health Strategy, which provides funding for health and aged care services and workforce measures in rural and remote communities.

“The Nationals in a Coalition Government understand that health services in regional areas need to be supported and this is a practical way to provide funding which will directly benefit the community,” Senator Macdonald said.

Ends…Friday 12 October 2007