THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Federal Member for Lingiari
14 December 2010
Following a visit to Katherine, the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said Gorge Health private practice would receive $100,000 over two years to support the operation of a new after hours GP service in the town.
Mr Snowdon said the bulk billing GP clinic will be open to all residents and visitors.
“This will be of great benefit to the people in Katherine and surrounding communities.
It means that more people in the Katherine region can see and contact a doctor when they need to.
“We know that life in the bush doesn’t often run within business hours, so the Gillard Government is investing in these vital after-hours GP services.
“Gorge Health will receive a two-year grant of up to $100,000 to assist them with costs such as incentives for GPs, wages for support staff and other operating costs incurred after-hours,” Mr Snowdon said.
The GPs will be accessible in the after hours period as follows:
- Monday to Friday – 6:00pm to 9:00pm; and
- Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays – 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
The grant is part of the Gillard Government’s $10 million General Practice After-Hours Grants Program. From July 2011, Australians will have access to after-hours GP advice through the National Health Call Centre Network.
The General Practice After-Hours Grants underwrite the Government’s commitment to reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments and build on previously announced grant rounds, meaning that more than 300 communities will benefit during 2010-11 from after-hours GP services.
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