News & Media

27 April 2016

Health service welcomes funds boost in State Budget

Latrobe Community Health Service has welcomed the additional $27.3 million allocated in the State Budget for preventive health and early intervention programs.

Latrobe Community Health Service has welcomed the additional $27.3 million allocated in the State Budget for preventive health and early intervention programs.

Latrobe Community Health Service currently provides support services for Aboriginal people, respiratory nursing services, mental health support and coordinated chronic disease care, all of which have been earmarked for a funding injection.

“When you invest in the health of the community, you also invest in the health of future generations,” said Ben Leigh, CEO of Latrobe Community Health Service.

“The idea of a health innovation zone, as recommended by the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, presents a great opportunity to re-shape the health profile of the Latrobe Valley and address the longstanding health inequities experienced by the community.”

Mr Leigh acknowledged health outcomes in the Latrobe Valley are significantly poorer compared to the rest of the state.

“Smoking rates, diabetes, overweight and obesity, mental illness and domestic violence are of particular concern, so it’s good to see these issues addressed in this budget.”

The funds are part of the $51.2 million committed by the State Government in response to the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire.

Mr Leigh also welcomed the added investment in environmental monitoring.

“Anything that will alert and protect the Latrobe Valley community from air and water pollution is a step in the right direction,” he said.

“We are looking forward to doing our part and working with the State and Federal Governments to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.”