THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
SID SIDEBOTTOM MP
Member for Braddon
21 July 2010
Minister for Rural and Regional Health, Warren Snowdon, today joined Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, to announce $117,120 for a project to help encourage King Island residents to live a healthy lifestyle.
The funding is part of Federal Labor’s commitment to investing in better health services for all Australians.
The Living Life on King Islandproject aims to encourage people in King Island to develop and maintain healthy eating and lifestyle habits through activities including developing a community garden, cooking demonstrations and education sessions regarding managing chronic disease.
Sid Sidebottom said the funding would help ensure King Island residents can access local activities that help local families develop and maintain healthier lifestyles.
“This is another step forward in Federal Labor’s plans to build a better health system and better hospitals,” Sid Sidebottom said.
“I support any program that encourages people to stay active and prevents health problems in the future.”
Mr Snowdon said the project had been designed by the community and tailored to their needs.
During his visit to King Island Mr Snowdon also visited the King Island Hospital to meet with local health professionals, and dropped into the Island’s Men’s Shed.
The latest Federal budget provides more than $795 million in targeted rural health programs – more than a 65 per cent increase on the last term of the previous Government.
To further improve health services for communities in rural and remote areas, the Gillard Labor Government is delivering:
· 1,000 new nursing training places every year and an additional 1,300 GPs qualified or training by 2013.
· 179 projects across Australia to provide essential health infrastructure, equipment and service planning for rural and remote communities under the $46 million National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP).
In contrast, Tony Abbott would cut GP Super Clinics, hurting up to 425 communities, and would cut the after-hours GP Helpline.
This announcement is funded from an existing allocation in the 2009-10 Budget.
A Gillard Labor Government would move Australia forward with record investments and the most significant reforms to the health and hospitals system since the introduction of Medicare.
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