RFDS boost thanks to fund­ing from govt

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

Visit fly­ing­doc­tor.org.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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