Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has met with the Minister for Health Greg Hunt to discuss three key health infrastructure developments for the region in the first week of Parliament.
Discussions regarding the proposed headspace centre for Taree, a Medicare-eligible MRI licence for Taree and new radiation oncology cancer services for the Manning-Great Lakes region took place.
Following his meeting with Mr Hunt, Dr Gillespie confirmed the Federal Health Department had begun discussions with the NSW government in relation to the new Medicare-eligible MRI licence for Taree.
"The Minister indicated that the licence is accessible and therefore I would encourage the Local Health District to get on and purchase the equipment which I understand will be installed as part of the next stage of the hospital redevelopment nearing completion," Dr Gillespie said.
Dr Gillespie said the local headspace centre would be rolled out this financial year, and the radiation oncology services earmarked for the region would be delivered following a comprehensive tender process.
"The Minister is particularly keen to ensure the 13 regional sites that form part of this $63-million boost for radiation therapy services in regional Australia are rolled out as quickly as possible through a process that delivers the highest possible cancer care services for each region," he said.