MEMBER for Mallee Anne Webster has welcomed the decision by the Federal
Government to fund Sunraysia Community Health Service directly as part of the Morrison
Government’s establishment of 100 Respiratory Clinics across Australia.
Following that decision Murray PHN is working to support SCHS in establishing the
respiratory clinic arrangements as soon as possible.
The Respiratory Clinic will enable the effective screening and assessment of people with flu-like symptoms, including COVID-19
and respiratory conditions
“This funding is an example of what can be achieved through collaboration and hard work,” Dr Webster said.
“Once it was apparent that the Coronavirus was going to be a significant issue and a
burden on our health system I began lobbying the Minister for Health Greg Hunt and my
National party colleague Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health, to ensure there would
be funding made available for Mallee.
“I have also been in regular discussion with Matt Jones, CEO of Murray PHN as well as
other health providers in Mallee to ensure we are taking all the necessary steps to manage
an outbreak of the Coronavirus in our community.
“My argument that Mildura should be a site for the Respiratory Clinic included the
geographic isolation, with significant distance from Melbourne, and our relatively large
regional population. It was essential that a clinic be set up here.”
“I want to congratulate Murray PHN, Sunraysia Community Health Service, Mildura Base
Hospital, Ramsay Healthcare, and the local GPs who have worked together to make this
clinic happen, and look forward to it officially opening in the coming days.
Murray PHN CEO Matt Jones said that the funding for this clinic is a vital step needed for
the clinic to proceed and service the needs of the community, while removing some of the
burden on the hospital emergency department and local GPs.
“Having the contract signed today gives us the security to know that this important
respiratory clinic will be going ahead in the very near future,” Mr Jones said.
“These respiratory clinics will be best placed to support people with a fever, a cough, a sore
throat, and other respiratory symptoms and help to minimise the risk of infection in the
“Local respiratory clinics will enable members of the community with symptoms to receive
the appropriate medical advice and get tested if they meet the criteria, without posing a risk
to other patients.
“I want to thank Dr Webster for her contribution to the process, ensuring our area was at the
forefront of the health ministers thinking on funding, and continually working and
communicating with us to ensure we had everything we need in our preparations in dealing
with the COVID19 pandemic.”