- Written by Staff
- Published: 13 July 2014
A total sum of $35 million ($7M per year over five years) has been allocated by the Federal Government to fund research into Type 1 juvenile diabetes by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Announced by the Minister for Education Christopher Pyne and locally by Federal MP for Page, Kevin Hogan, the funding will enable the commencement of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.
“This funding will allow researchers to undertake high-quality research and continue to make significant progress towards finding a cure for Type 1 juvenile diabetes,” Mr Hogan said.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 30 June 2014
Although the soon-to-retire State MP for Ballina, Don Page, listed health as a priority and named the future Byron Shire hospital as a key local development, work on the project this year will see only $1.5 million spent on preparatory infrastructure such as car parking and sewerage.
Mr Page noted that the proposed Byron Central Hospital was “expected to include accident and emergency services, 50 acute medical beds, low risk maternity services, x-ray/medical imaging services, a day surgery for public and private patients and a 20-bed mental health unit”.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 25 June 2014
Two years after defunding by the former Labor government, the Tweed Valley General Practice Network is to close at the end of June 2014.
The Network was set up in 1993 as part of the initial Divisions program. It was successful in providing representation and advocacy for the general practitioners of the Tweed Valley as well co-ordinating a number of programs for disadvantaged groups. However it has struggled financially since the transfer of general practice funding to the North Coast Medicare Local in April 2012.
Options such as merging or mothballing the Network were considered by the Board but closure was the recommendation put to the membership in May through a postal Extraordinary General Meeting.
- Written by David Guest
- Published: 23 June 2014
The Federal Budget of May 2014, the first of the Abbott government, outlined a new vision for Australia's future. It was a marked departure from previous Budgets under both Labor and Liberal governments.
The Liberal Party 2013 election campaign highlighted both the economic and political failures of the minority Gillard/Rudd predecessors. Under Tony Abbott the Liberal Party ran a very disciplined campaign. Oppositions don't win elections, governments lose them. Everyone knew what a Liberal government would do. It would stop the boats, end the waste, scrap the carbon tax and there would be no new taxes.
- Written by Chris Crawford, Chief Executive, North Coast NSW LHD
- Published: 19 June 2014
The Commonwealth Budget was expected to be a difficult one for the NSW Health System but it turned out to be much worse than expected. Even before the 2014/15 Budget was brought down by the current Commonwealth Government, NSW Health knew that it would be losing $320 million due to the ceasing of two Commonwealth/NSW Partnership Agreements by the former Commonwealth Government.
The current Commonwealth Government has reduced the anticipated levels of Health Funding for NSW Health. It has ended the “guaranteed” growth that NSW Health would have received in 2014/15. The bonus funding that NSW Health had being relying on to assist it to undertake more Surgical procedures and to provide more timely Emergency Department treatment has also been cut from 2014/15 onwards. As well, other Partnership Agreements have also been ceased or unilaterally amended, which means that some anticipated funding for services like Health Promotion will not be received.