18 November 2011
Stephen Jones MP and Sharon Bird MP have welcomed the announcement of over $1.6 million in health infrastructure grants for Illawarra and Southern Highlands GP clinics and frontline healthcare providers.
The Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones, said that the new health infrastructure would increase capacity and access to local primary healthcare providers.
“Making sure families can access the healthcare they need close to home is a key part of the Gillard Labor Government’s health reform agenda. These grants are helping to make this happen,” Mr Jones said.
Sharon Bird, the Member for Cunningham, said that as well as increasing capacity, some providers would offer new or expanded services.
“This bricks and mortar health investment will make a real difference to local community health care,” Ms Bird said.
Local grants include:
- $150,000 for Illawarra Medical Services in Berkeley
- $500,000 for Moss Vale Medical Centre in Moss Vale
- $311,000 for Robertson Doctor
- $149,375 for Keiraville Surgery
- $500,000 for Woonona Medical Practice
The range of new and upgraded services the grants can be used for may include specialised practice nurse facilities, state‐of‐the‐art treatment rooms, training rooms for preventative health education sessions and new facilities to access health professionals such as practice nurses, diabetes educators, physiotherapists and mental health workers.