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Stawell Regional Health chief executive Peter Edwards, chair Karen Douglas and Member for Ripon Joe Helper inspect the new operating table with operating suite acting nurse unit manager Tim Baker.

East Grampians Health Service and Stawell Regional Health will provide even better access to high quality healthcare with the assistance of State Government funding for state-of-the-art equipment.
Visiting the Ararat and Stawell Hospitals, Member for Ripon Joe Helper announced a total of $325,305 funding through the 2008/09 Targeted Equipment Program.
“The Brumby Government is taking action to support the EGHS and SRH with funding to purchase the latest specialist medical equipment,” Mr Helper said.
“EGHS will receive $124,000 for the purchase of a cataract surgery unit and operating table and SRH $201,305 for a prevacuum steriliser and operating table.
“This new specialised medical equipment will ensure local patients continue to receive the best possible health care into the future.”
Mr Helper said the 2008/09 Targeted Equipment Program had allocated $9- million to rural health services to replace high-priority, high-cost medical equipment that has passed its use-by date.
In announcing the funding Mr Helper paid tribute to the dedicated and hard working staff of EGHS and SRH.
“We value the significant contribution they make to the health and well-being of local communities and we take this opportunity to say thank-you,” he said.
Health Minister Daniel Andrews said the Brumby Government funding was providing Victorian hospitals with the most modern and up-to-date equipment now available.
“Targeted equipment funding enables Victorian hospitals to stay at the forefront of new technology to ensure they continue to provide the best possible care to patients,” he said.
Mr Andrews said funding for EGHS and SRH was an excellent example of the State Government’s commitment to investing in medical equipment across rural and regional Victoria.
“The Brumby Government is committed to ensuring all Victorians can access quality healthcare no matter where they live,” he said.

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Posted on Apr 29 2009

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