Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Federal Member for Mayo
andThe Hon Tony Smith MP
Federal Member for CaseyJoint Media Statement
12 June 2014
Healesville Hospital Business Case Study
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith today announced that the Australian Government has delivered $55,000 towards the Healesville Hospital Small Rural Health Service Business Case Study.
Mr Smith said the funding would assist in the development of a business case to determine the best service, business and governance model for health services in Healesville.
"This $55,000 Australian Government grant will greatly assist the efforts of the Healesville community, which is not in a position to raise the entirety of the funding required for such a feasibility study", Mr Smith said.
"The study will include consideration of the Hospital becoming an independent rural hospital with its own local board of management by transitioning to Small Rural Health Service status.
"The Hospital is a central part of the Healesville community", Mr Smith said.
Mr Briggs said that Tony Smith has strongly advocated for this funding to explore the possibility of the Hospital transitioning to an independent rural hospital with its own local board of management.
"It is vital that the study be conducted in a rigorous and expert way because its findings will determine the future provision of hospital services in the Healesville area for years to come", Mr Briggs said.
"This funding fulfils the pledge I made during the last election to the Healesville community", Mr Smith said.
For Mr Briggs: Andrew Ockenden 0429 877 721
For Mr Smith: Andrew Hallam 0404 043 764