RFDS boost thanks to funding from govt
THE Royal Flying Doctor Service will expand after receiving funding from the federal government.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the life-saving service received $84 million in funding to support rural and remote communities.
The service will establish a Mental Health Outreach Clinic for the first time, and it is expected to be in operation from January 2019, Mr Littleproud said.
There will be more psychologists and mental health nurses where there are currently few or no services.
Funding for dental outreach services in areas of most need will be extended beyond 2019.
“For 90 years, the RFDS has provided care and support – they’ve been saving bush lives and this investment will ensure this wonderful service will continue, well into the future,” Mr Littleproud said.
“This funding will also boost access to dental care services and emergency air medical services for those living in rural and remote communities.”
Mr Littleproud said the federal government was also increasing its contribution to stand-by arrangements for RFDS bases to ensure access to ambulance services.
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