- 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.
- Published: 19 June 2014
GPSpeak congratulates Dr Michael Pelmore for being awarded with an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Dr Pelmore was awarded the OAM Medal in the General Division of the Awards for service to medicine and the community of Mullumbimby.
Dr Pelmore has given exceptional service to his community in Mullumbimby for nearly four decades, both as a General Practitioner and as a Visiting Medical Officer for Byron Bay and Mullumbimby Hospitals.
He is originally from England, and health care ran in his family: his father was a doctor, and his mother and twin sister were nurses. Dr Pelmore visited Australia in 1974 and after driving up to the Northern Rivers, decided to stay.
In his long and distinguished service to the public health system he has worked in the fields of General and Emergency Medicine, and Obstetrics, being available on-call and after hours to the immense benefit of patients.
Dr Pelmore also has considerable talents in the musical field, having produced two Dolphin Award-wining CDs to promote children’s health and performing at local primary and pre-schools, and variety nights held to raise funds for local charities. He has also undertaken the role of MC at many local charity events.
Dr Pelmore is held in high professional esteem by his peers and regarded affectionately by the wider community, a great many of whom have entrusted him with their health care over the years.