First rural SA COVID-19 GP respiratory clinic opens

The first GP-led respiratory clinic in country South Australia established as part of the Australian Government’s $2.4 billion health package to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak has opened today in Clare. The Government has committed to establishing up to 100 GP-led respiratory clinics around the country to assess patients with mild to moderate COVID-19-like symptoms. Federal…

$52m injection for rural COVID-19 aeromedical retrievals

A $52.8 million aeromedical retrieval package to support rural and remote communities during the COVID-19 health emergency was announced today by Federal Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton. Minister Coulton, making the announcement at the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) base in Dubbo today, said the Australian Government’s investment of close to $53 million will increase…

Regional media to receive relief

The Federal Government today announced a suite of measures to help sustain Australian media businesses as they work to keep regional communities informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister for Regional Communications and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the measures include: • Tax relief – A 12-month waiver of spectrum tax for commercial television and…

First regional NSW COVID-19 respiratory clinic opens in Wagga Wagga

The first rural GP-led COVID-19 respiratory clinic in New South Wales officially opened today at Wagga Wagga’s Glenrock Country Practice. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the new respiratory clinic, assembled at Dr Ayman Shenouda’s practice, was part of the Australian Government’s $2.4…

Narrabri, Boggabri doctors supported to extend medical training

Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton has welcomed the news that three doctors in his electorate are being supported by the Federal Government to extend their medical training while continuing to work in their communities. “Congratulations to Drs Kumosha Abeyweera and Salma Hanif of the Boggabri Medical Centre, and Dr…

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…