Walsh vows to take care of bush nursing centres
MEMBER for Murray Plains Peter Walsh toured the Lockington & District Bush Nursing Centre as the state opposition announced their aim to save centres at risk of closure under Premier Daniel Andrews.
Bush nursing centres (BNCs) provide a critical health service to rural and remote Victorians, but recent changes by the state government has left them financially unviable and forced to consider closing their doors.
‘‘This centre is a community meeting point for Lockington,’’ Mr Walsh said.
If elected, the Liberal Nationals government would provide $300,000 in emergency funding over two years to make sure nurses and support staff at Victoria’s 15 community-based, not-forprofit BNCs can continue to deliver essential primary health services.
As the only health service in the rural and remote communities they’re based in, BNCs offer services including allied health, respite care and emergency treatment.
‘‘We know bush nursing centres are a critical health service in rural and remote communities – and we want to keep it that way,’’ Shadow Minister for Country Health Emma Kealy said.
‘‘Good health care is one of the foundations of a community and should be a given – regardless of where you live.’’
■ Ian Haines, Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh, Carolyn Eade and Ann-Maree Hewlett.