More Funding To Support Rural Health Infrastructure

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THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP

Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health

and Regional Services Delivery


MEDIA RELEASE





29 October 2009



More Funding to Support Rural Health Infrastructure


The Rudd Government will inject a further $6.1 million to improve local health infrastructure in

40 rural and remote communities throughout Australia. 


The Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery,

Warren Snowdon, today announced the third round of grants under the Government’s National

Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP).


“The Rudd Government is committed to ensuring all Australians have timely access to quality

health and medical services, when and where they need it,” Mr Snowdon said.


“Helping local communities in regional and rural centres develop new, or upgrade existing,

health infrastructure is something the Government takes very seriously.”


The projects announced today include:


$551,650 to build a primary health care centre in Lightning Ridge (NSW) and

accommodate staff from the NSW Outback Division of General Practice.


$286,550 to the Shire of Northampton in Kalbarri (WA) to extend a surgery to

accommodate two consultant rooms, upgrade staff amenities and replace the building’s

roof.


$163,471 to the Clocktower Medical Centre in Sale (VIC) to build student study rooms,

install videoconferencing equipment and purchase medical diagnostic equipment.


Today’s funding announcement builds on grants announced earlier this year. In January, 53

projects were funded through NRRHIP at a cost of $12 million and a further 40 projects costing

$13.9 million were announced as part of the May 2009-10 Budget. A further 27 projects were

funded through NRRHIP in June at a cost of $5 million.


“The funding for these new projects demonstrates the Rudd Government’s continuing

commitment to ensuring the stability of health services in rural and remote communities,” Mr

Snowdon said.


“The program is highly competitive, and I congratulate all the successful communities, councils

and health practices who have secured funding.


“There is an ongoing need for support from the Australian Government in this area, and a fourth

funding round will be announced soon.”

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Further information on the program is available from the Department of Health and Ageing


contacting the department on 1800 780 939 (free call).


A list of successful projects is attached. Funding shown in the table is GST inclusive.


Media contact: Greg Doolan – 0433 345 323 or (02) 6277 7380.



State

Location

Organisation

Project 

Total $

NSW

CROOKWELL

Upper Lachlan

Shire Council

Undertake upgrade of utilities, renewal of soft

furnishings and heating and cooling.

$60,429.50

NSW

LEETON

Murrumbidgee

General Practice

Network

To purchase medical and IMIT equipment to increase

the scope and quality of services to be delivered to the

local area.

$31,318.91

NSW

LIGHTNING

RIDGE

NSW Outback

Division of

General Practice

Ltd


To construct a Primary Health Care Centre in Lightning

Ridge to house GPs, administration and health

promotional activities. The building will also

accommodate the Lightening Ridge Multi Purpose

centre as well as staff of the NSW Outback DGP.

$551,650.00

NSW

MORUYA

Queen Street

Medical Centre


A purpose-built health care facility will be constructed

on an adjoining block and be physically linked to the

current building. This will provide additional consulting

space including improved teaching facilities. There will

be an adjoined self-contained unit for short term use by

GP registrars and students during their rural allocation.

$550,000.00

NSW

MUDGEE

Mudgee Medical

Centre

Developments

Pty Ltd


Construction of a purpose-built medical facility on land

currently being purchased from the Greater Western

Area Health Service and adjacent to the Mudgee

District Hospital and Community Health Centre.

Examination beds and lights to be acquired.

$549,235.80

NSW

NARRANDERA

Rebecca

Robertson


Purchase speech pathology equipment and resources

to establish a practice in the Riverina community.

$9,450.21

NSW

TAREE

Taree Medical

Centre


Purchase of IT equipment to develop and improve IT

teaching facilities for GP Registrars and Medical

Students.

$45,926.00

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NSW

WARREN

Warren Shire

Council

Construction and fitout of an extra four consulting

rooms - would be used by General Practitioners,

Registrars Practice Nurse plus visiting Allied Heath and

Specialist services.

$551,650.00

NT

KATHERINE

Wurli-Wurlinjang

Aboriginal

Corporation


Establish a demountable office block to provide office

space for three officers from the Alcohol and Other

Drugs program.

$166,100.00

QLD

BOONAH

Grow On

Occupational

Therapy


Purchase a range of occupational therapy equipment

and resources to maintain and improve services.

$14,869.44

QLD

BUNGALOW

Far North

Queensland

Rural Division of

General Practice


Extension of Eacham Medical Centre to provide two

additional consulting rooms, enlarge the waiting room

area, provide a Manager’s work area and a sterilisation

room and to refurbish the existing practice space

including updating the computer system, replace or

upgrade of some existing medical equipment and

purchase additional office furniture.

$147,246.00

QLD

CHARLEVILLE

Dr Chester

Wilson


Purchase video equipment and laptop to be used in

student/registrar training in conjunctions with existing

rhinoscope and a slit lamp.

$15,455.00

QLD

KINGAROY

BetterLife

Directions Pty

Ltd (Aggregate

Corp)


Upgrade of IT equipment to help overcome current

technology limitations and work more efficiently to

better service the local community.

$38,763.87

QLD

MONTO

Central

Queensland

Rural Division of

General Practice


Improve access to health services by establishing a

purpose built ‘walk-in-walk-out’ primary health care

facility. The facility will also create additional space to

allow the practice to undertake registrar training.

$535,150.00

QLD

MOUNT

SURPRISE

Etheridge Shire

Council


Construction of a new examination room for visiting

GPs and other health professionals and provide

additional and updated equipment.

$165,726.00

QLD

MUNDUBBERA

GP Links - Wide

Bay

Extend the existing surgery to create four consulting

rooms and add an additional waiting room to

accommodate two full time GPs. Visiting specialists and

allied and community health practitioners.

$477,730.00

QLD

YEPPOON

CQ Physio

Group


Equip the recently developed CQ Physio Group

practice located in Yeppoon The much needed

expansion of the practice will improve access to health

services within the region, as well as increase the range

of privately insurable health services available to

residents of the remote community.

$43,251.49

SA

BOOLEROO

CENTRE

Lucy R Arthur


Upgrade current technology and purchase new

physiotherapy equipment to improve efficiency and

better serve the local communities.

$51,450.30

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SA

GUMERACHA

Gumeracha

Medical Practice


Medical equipment and furnishings for the new practice

nurse area, treatment room, consulting rooms and

registrar training facilities.

$52,598.98

SA

JAMESTOWN

Lisa Satorio


Purchase a Whole Body Vibration Unit to enhance

physiotherapy treatment.

$1,485.00

SA

QUORN

Flinders Ranges

Council


Modifications to the existing building will provide rooms

for another GP, medical students and registrars.

$551,650.00

SA

RENMARK

Renmark

Physiotherapy

Service


Enhance physiotherapeutic services to the Renmark

Paringa community by updating existing physiotherapy

and IT equipment.

$66,324.50

TAS

EXETER

Exeter Medical

Centre


Construct two new rooms that will allow GP registrars to

consult independently and have access to both on and

off site training facilities, plus the purchase of

equipment for rooms.

$148,463.70

TAS

HUONVILLE

Huon Doctors

Surgery

Refurbish rooms within premises to make them suitable

for medical students and junior doctors. This will enable

junior medical staff to work in close proximity to the

teaching doctor in a supported environment and

maximise their learning experience.

$211,682.81

VIC

BACCHUS

MARSH

Bacchus Marsh

Medical Centre


Convert the storage room to consultation rooms for

employment of chronic disease manager and

consultation room for registrars and medical students,

with fitout.

$28,061.40

VIC

CANN RIVER

Cann Valley

Bush Nursing

Centre


Purchase of equipment for dental clinic, GPs clinic,

Maternal & Child Welfare Clinic and nurses’ clinic.

$8,904.10

VIC

CRESWICK

Creswick

Medical Service


To construct additional consulting and treatment rooms

along with providing extra space for reception, staffing

and admin space, and to fitout the consult and

treatment rooms with new equipment to continue to

provide comprehensive care to members of the

community and to provide training places for doctors

and nurses.

$547,194.97

VIC

DINGEE

Dingee Bush

Nursing Centre

Inc

Purchase basic modern podiatry equipment necessary

to provide safe practices.

$6,930.00

VIC

HEYFIELD

Heyfield

Hospital Inc


Undertake a detailed financial analysis and

community/stakeholder consultation to guide the

development of appropriate health service delivery

models to address community needs and long term

viability - plus purchase of emergency equipment.

$106,618.60

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VIC

HORSHAM

Wimmera Foot

Clinic


Purchase equipment to fitout an existing room to make

a fourth consultation room, and to upgrade computer

equipment.

$49,601.51

VIC

MALLACOOTA

Mallacoota

District Health

and Support

Service

Refurbishment and fitout of the physiotherapy room

with a video conferencing/training facility to enable

practitioners to consult with other professionals in other

locations.

$36,768.04

VIC

MYRTLEFORD

Alpine Eye Care


Purchase computer system with patient record software

installed and a fundus camera. A small amount of

electrical work required.

$49,819.00

VIC

OCEAN GROVE

Ocean Grove

Medical Clinic


Extend existing building with addition of two rooms

dedicated to providing a training area.

$141,804.30

VIC

SALE

Clocktower

Medical Centre


Construct an additional two dedicated student study

rooms, install videoconferencing equipment for training

and conference needs, purchase medical diagnostic

equipment and restructure existing area used by

students to accommodate diagnostic equipment.

$163,471.00

VIC

WALWA

Walwa Bush

Nursing Centre


Upgrade IT equipment to maintain and improve hospital

management as recommended by an independent

audit. Conduct a strategic service plan in order to

implement the recommendations of the Burgell study

and design systems for efficiency in the newly

structured WBNC/WMC.

$50,174.30

WA

BUSSELTON

Dr James

Graham


Purchase a specialised chiropractic table.

$27,500.00

WA

ESPERANCE

Esperance

Podiatry


Purchase podiatry equipment which includes a patient

chair, an operator’s chair, podiatry cabinet, drill,

doppler, small x-ray viewer, 12 sets of podiatry

instruments and notebook computer.

$20,678.26

WA

EUCLA

Silver Chain

Nursing

Association


Purchase a sustainable and viable energy source for

the Eucla Remote Area Health Service (RAHS).

$70,675.00

WA

KALBARRI

Shire of

Northampton

Extend surgery to accommodate two consultant rooms,

toilet, staff amenities as well as replace leaky roof.

$286,550.00

WA

KULIN

Shire of Kulin


To renovate and update the existing medical practice

and to purchase a small amount of equipment, to

increase health and allied health services by providing

adequate consulting rooms and facilities.

$110,000.00







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