Victoria’s first rural COVID-19 respiratory clinic begins in Mildura

The first GP-led rural respiratory clinic in Victoria funded as part of the Australian Government’s $2.4 billion health package to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak has begun today in Mildura. Federal Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton and Member for Mallee, Dr Anne Webster welcomed the news that Australia’s second rural respiratory clinic was now helping…

Free child care to deliver financial relief for local families

Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a new plan from the Coalition Government. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the plan will help deliver financial relief for parents in his electorate. “Today’s announcement will help ensure the early childhood education and care sector in…

JobKeeper payment to help keep wheels in motion, says Federal Member

The Coalition Government’s new JobKeeper wage subsidy will deliver essential assistance for workers in the Parkes electorate at a time when it is needed most, according to Federal Member Mark Coulton. Mr Coulton said the subsidy directly addresses concerns he has heard from small business owners and operators, as well as local employees in his…

First rural COVID-19 respiratory clinic opens

The first GP-led rural respiratory clinic established as part of the Australian Government’s $2.4 billion health package to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak has opened today in Emerald, Queensland. Federal Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton said strong progress is being made on the Government’s commitment to establish up to 100 GP-led respiratory clinics around the country…

Communiqué – Rural and Remote Health Stakeholder Special Roundtable on COVID-19

Communiqué – Rural and Remote Health Stakeholder Special Roundtable on COVID-19 By Teleconference, 27 March 2020   The Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, chaired a second special roundtable teleconference with members of the Rural Health Stakeholder group. Minister Coulton brought together key rural stakeholders to continue…

NBN Co boosts data for rural and regional customers

The Morrison McCormack Government welcomes new initiatives from NBN Co that will provide more broadband data for Sky Muster satellite customers living in rural and remote Australia. The initiatives announced today include permanent enhancements to NBN Co’s Sky Muster Plus offering, and a temporary increase to data allowances for standard Sky Muster plans to support…

Telehealth access improved

Vulnerable patients and doctors have received improved protection from coronavirus (COVID-19) after increased access to telehealth services passed Parliament last night. Government has extensively consulted with AMA, RACGP, ACCRM, RDAA, and other key peak bodies and members of the medical profession and health professions, to ensure Medicare is responsive to the challenges of COVID-19. Regional…