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Improved health care for women in Quilpie.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA 7 October 2003 Improved health care for women in Quilpie Women in Quilpie will now have improved access to a female General Practitioner thanks to the Federal Government’s renewed commitment to women living in rural Australia, Federal National Party Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott said today. A further 11 communities have been added to the Rural Women’s GP Service that already provides regular female GP visits to more than 100 communities across Australia. Under the May 2003 Federal Budget, the Federal Government committed a further $8 million over four years to the Service. “Thanks to an extended partnership between the Federal Government and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, women in rural and remote communities will have the opportunity to seek the health care of their choice,” Mr Scott said. “Women are often more comfortable discussing sensitive medical issues such as breast and cervical cancer, contraception and gynaecological and obstetric care with a female doctor. “Whilst this is a choice urban women take for granted, it is not always an option for women living in rural areas.” Since its inception, the Service has provided more than 9,000 consultations to 104 rural and remote locations. “This wouldn’t have been possible without all the hard work that the communities, including local government and health providers, have put in to help develop this service,” Mr Scott said. Mr Scott said the Service is an important part of the Federal Government’s focus on rural health, which aims to improve the range of health care services and strengthen the health workforce in rural communities across Australia. Since 1996, around $2 billion has been spent on targeted rural health and aged care initiatives nationally. Ends


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