Health services in and around Stanhope will receive a boost with the opening of the new Stanhope Health building today, made possible with $250,000 funding from the Federal Government’s Community Health and Hospital program.
The Stanhope Health building will house permanent and visiting services from Campaspe Shire Maternal and Child Health Service, Kyabram Regional Clinic, and Kyabram District Health Service.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said Stanhope Health had been upgraded, with $250,000 in works resulting in contemporary healthcare infrastructure.
“The new building now boasts two modern consulting rooms, a treatment space, multipurpose community group room, reception, waiting area and amenities, and they will all support the delivery of high quality primary healthcare to local residents,” Mr Drum said.
“Our Stanhope community has been vocal in seeking an upgrade to health facilities in town, and the Federal Government is proud to have been able to support the delivery of such an important resource.”
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the new facility would provide services to around 1200 locals across the Goulburn Valley.
“The Federal Government is committed to ensuring Australians can access high quality care regardless of where they live, and rural communities like Stanhope are a particular focus,” Mr Hunt said.
“Our Government provided $1.7 million for the Kyabram District Health Service in the 2019-20 Budget to remodel the existing Stanhope Community Health and Medical Practice and to create a clinical training hub in Kyabram.
“We’re proud to see the Stanhope Health building open today, knowing that it will improve the experience of hundreds of local patients and the clinicians who care for them.”
The remainder of the Federal Government’s $1.7 million will be spent on a dedicated education and training centre, which is currently in the planning phase at Kyabram District Health Service.
Kyabram District Health Service chairman, Dale Denham, said the opening of the Stanhope Health building was a proud day for the community.
“What a wonderful asset this community will have for many years to come,” Mr Denham said.
“The financial commitment from the Federal Government enabled this dream to become a reality and on behalf of the community, I thank Damian and the Federal Government for their commitment to rural health.
“On top of the many medical and health services this facility will deliver, I am confident that a ‘build it and they will come’ mentality will encourage further services and supports to the Stanhope community in the not too distant future.”
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