McKenzie visit tackles doctor shortage, drought and drugs
Federal Minister for Regional Services, Sport and Local Government, Senator Bridget McKenzie, visited Sale on Thursday tackling a number of issues of concern to the local community.
Senator McKenzie, The Nationals Senator for Victoria, was joined by The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath in a series of meetings in the local community.
Senator McKenzie met with the CEO’s of Central Gippsland Health and the Yarram and District Health Service along with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and staff at Wellington Shire.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the Minister’s announcement of a new Local Drug Action Team for Wellington Shire was a great opportunity to invite her to other facilities around the region.
“We had a fantastic discussion with Frank Evans from Central Gippsland Health and Colleen Boag from Yarram and District Health Service about rural health workforce shortages, in particular we spoke about the best ways to attract GP’s and surgeons to country towns.
“This was a very fruitful discussion and the Minister has taken away a number of ideas to help ensure that country people get equitable health services with their city counterparts.”
Mr O’Brien said discussions with Wellington Shire focused on available drought support for the community and farmers as well as other matters in the Minister’s portfolio.
“We’ve been very lucky in the last few weeks thanks to the good work of Darren Chester, the Federal Member for Gippsland to have had both the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Agriculture through the region.
“Bridget McKenzie is responsible for the Drought Communities Program which provides assistance to Shires to help boost local employment initiatives.
“It was a very useful discussion and the Shire was able to make some suggestions to improve the program in future.
“The Minister has taken those on board and will consider them with future rollout of the Federal Government’s drought programs.”
Senator Bridget McKenzie, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath with CEO of Central Gippsland Health Service, Frank Evans and CEO of Yarram District Health Service, Colleen Boag.