Money for health centre

THE announcement of $6 million in the federal budget to redevelop Latrobe Community Health Service’s community health centre in Moe, was welcome news in an otherwise uneventful budget for the Latrobe Valley.

The “sorely needed” redevelopment will include new treatment, consulting rooms, meeting and activity rooms, a new reception area as well as training areas and facilities, LCHS chief executive officer Ben Leigh said.

“This is a great investment in the health of the Moe community and the government is to be congratulated,” Mr Leigh said.

He said there had been “no significant investment in public health in Moe for decades”.

Mr Leigh said “a modern primary health care facility” would help reduce chronic diseases, reducing hospital admissions and “improving quality of life”.

“This funding will allow us to bring the entire facility up to modern standards,” he said.

When complete, the facility would also include the latest data management connections, a more convenient and functional layout, a single reception area, after-hours access to community meeting and activity rooms, and improved amenities, he added.