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12 September 2019

Labor’s health funding scalpel taken to Southern Grampians Glenelg and South West Primary Care Partnerships

The Andrews Labor Government has taken the scalpel to Southern Grampians Glenelg and South West Primary Care Partnerships as Labor’s health funding cuts continue to be exposed.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said that Labor had let the community down, failing to fund the important work delivered by Southern Grampians Glenelg and South West Primary Care Partnerships.

Labor Health Minister, Jenny Mikakos, told Parliament this week that Primary Care Partnerships were not her priority.

When the Liberal Nationals questioned the Minister in Parliament today, Labor’s Health Minister confirmed that funding for all of Victoria’s 28 Primary Care Partnerships has been abolished, including that of Southern Grampians Glenelg and South West Primary Care Partnerships, leaving many ongoing community programs at a standstill.

Comments attributable to Member for South West Coast, Roma Britnell:

This comes on the back of a long line of failures and funding cuts to frontline health services by Labor since the 2018 election, including a range of cuts to: dental and community health, women’s health, palliative care services, health protection and cancer treatment technology.

In addition to concerns about these community programs being axed, what will happen to the local jobs for those who provide these vital services?

Health prevention is often the first step to tackling some of Victoria’s serious health challenges, yet Daniel Andrews has decided to cut funding to this crucial area of need.

Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership has had a particular focus on Mental Health while the South West Primary Care Partnership has been looking at suicide prevention– when we have such a crisis in these spaces its unfathomable the Labor Government is cutting funding.

Primary Care Partnerships have played an important role in Victoria’s health network for two decades, yet these latest cuts are another example of Daniel Andrews’ inability to manage money.

These vital services, provided by Southern Grampians Glenelg and south West Primary Care Partnerships, are important to our region and we need to make it clear we won’t stand for these cuts.

If you currently use any of these services and are concerned about these funding cuts from Labor, I want to hear from you. Call or email my office on 5562 8230