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Joint Media Release with Minister for Rural Health Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
The Royal Flying Doctor Service will extend and expand essential health services to rural and remote Australia, with the Coalition Government delivering new funding for the service.
The Coalition Government has today delivered $84 million to the RFDS, bringing its total funding to $327 million over the next four years, to ensure its essential services are available where and when people need them.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the funding will allow the RFDS to, for the first time, introduce mental health services, as well as increase the availability of dental services.
“The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s contribution to the Northern Territory is unique and essential, especially in Central Australia,” Senator Scullion said.
“I know that in rural parts of the Territory, access to mental health services is critical – especially where the technology for telehealth may not be viable.”
“This funding will introduce professional mental health services to areas where there are currently few or none.”
“It will also allow the RFDS to continue to provide dental services in areas where there are higher rates of untreated childhood cavities and tooth decay.”
Minister for Rural Health, Bridget McKenzie said the announcement comes as the Royal Flying Doctor Service prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary this year.
“That’s 90 years of providing care to Australians living in some of the nation’s most remote areas, often in the most challenging circumstances.”
“The Coalition is committed to improving access to health services in rural and remote Australia.”
“This momentous announcement highlights our commitment to improving access to health services for Australians living in rural and remote areas, who generally face greater health challenges than their metropolitan counterparts.”