Date published: 
28 March 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

Joint Media Release

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health

Russell Broadbent MP

Member for Monash

28 March 2019

Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said that the Coalition Government was committed to helping deliver health services locally announcing $3.5million in funding towards health projects across the Bass Coast.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the funding would help ensure patients on the Bass Coast can seek medical treatment locally and help expand services provided by Bass Coast Health.

“This funding will see chemotherapy chairs and renovations completed at Wonthaggi Hospital, providing an additional surgical and paediatric ward, as well as enabling MRI services to be delivered.

“Important ophthalmology equipment will also be purchased for the Phillip Island Health Hub under the health package,” Mr Hunt said.

Federal member and candidate for Monash Russell Broadbent welcomed the funding and said that it was vital in ensuring locals can seek treatment in their community.

“When our loved ones are unwell it is important that they can receive the medical care and treatment locally, surrounded by their support networks, family and friends.

“Providing local cancer treatment services in our regional communities not only reduces lengthy travel times for patients but also alleviates the added pressures of travelling long distances.

“Bass Coast Health provide a vital service to our coastal communities and are to be commended for the dedication and commitment to improving health outcomes locally.

“These new health services will help Bass Coast Health expand their reach of health care from Wonthaggi through to Phillip Island and the wider Bass Coast region,” Mr Broadbent said.

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