Grants upgrade health facilities

Patients in Wauchope, Lake Cathie, Forster and Blueys Beach will soon be able reap the benefits of improved health facilities after four medical centres were awarded Federal Government grants to enable significant upgrades.

Stronger Communities Programme: visit Applications will open on 7 August 2017.

Stronger Communities Programme: visit Applications will open on 7 August 2017.

On Wednesday I announced Lake Cathie Medical Centre, Hastings Medical Centre, Foster Tuncurry Medical Centre and Pacific Palms Medical Centre will receive funding of up to $300,000 as part of the Coalition’s $13.1m Rural General Practice Grants Program.

It marks the latest effort by the Coalition to train and retain our doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in regional areas.

The funding will allow practices to expand and significantly enhance their operating capacity and ability to provide hands-on training.

This will include building additional consultation rooms and renovating existing ones, as well as purchasing new medical equipment and upgrading technology.

The funding boost will ease the burden on hospitals across the region by placing General Practices in a better position to treat preventable illness.

I also made another important announcement last week, which will have an extremely profound impact on an issue severely affecting the Mid North Coast – suicide prevention.

Wesley Mission will receive more than $110,000 through the North Coast Primary Health Network to deliver Wesley LifeForce.

The training program is designed to enable community members to act as gatekeepers and recognise a crisis and any warning signs of suicide and respond accordingly. It’s anticipated that more than 280 people will participate which significantly increases our chances of stopping preventable deaths.

Finally, coming soon is the opening of the latest round of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme. If you’ve got a capital project which will benefit your Mid North Coast community then I want to hear from you because you could be eligible for a grant.