Valla Beach Health Centre wins grant

Local MP Luke Hartsuyker

Local MP Luke Hartsuyker

PATIENTS will soon feel the benefits of improved facilities at the Valla Beach Health Centre after it was awarded a Federal Government grant.

Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today welcomed the announcement that the practice would receive a grant of more than $10,000.

The practice is one of 67 that were offered grants across the nation under the Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program.

“This grant will enable the Valla Beach Health Centre to improve its facilities by purchasing upgraded IT and clinical equipment,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Having well equipped GP clinics in rural areas is vitally important because typically there’s limited medical services on offer in each town.

“In regional areas, the hospital can be a considerable drive away and so GPs can be called on to assist in a wider range of situations than GPs in metro areas.

“Ensuring these regional clinics are maintained at a high level with up-to-date equipment could mean a great deal in a medical emergency. Often, regional GPs need to be able to perform a wider range of medical services as regional areas don’t have the range of medical specialists.”