Extra medical services are expected to be introduced in the Southern Riverina with Medicare Local taking a greater interest in the area.January 23, 2013 4:19am
A new dental service is already being introduced in the Berrigan area, and councillors are confident additional allied services will follow.
The potential for new services was raised with Berrigan Shire councillors at a recent meeting with Medicare Local representatives.
Medicare Local was established under the recent Federal Government national health reforms to coordinate and connect primary health care services across the region.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Bernard Curtin said it is already evident it is achieving its goals.
He said the organisation has the potential to create more ‘‘good’’ in the community.
He said it looks well placed to ‘‘take over the reigns’’ of a supporting role to Berrigan, Jerilderie and Urana Shire hospitals.
‘‘Up until now, there had been division of practices,’’ he said.
‘‘It seems Medicare Local is really taking place of Murrumbidgee Local Health.
‘‘Medicare Local seems to be on board with assisting the area with getting some extra services.’’
Cr Curtin said among the new services that could be introduced to the regional as part of Medicare Local new interest in the area include dental, physiotherapy and more.
A dental service is already being introduced to the community, with Deniliquin’s Charlotte St Dental offering services to Berrigan once a month starting in February.
Cr Curtin said similar services across other medical fields would be beneficial to shire communities.
He said the Medicare Local initiative will also go a long way in helping Berrigan Shire councillors achieve their goals for the community.
‘‘It is a good thing.
‘‘We are all volunteers and we are supposed to represent the community with what we (they) require.
‘‘Medicare Local will help with this.’’
With a significant change expected in the running of medical services in the community, Cr Curtin said he sought assurance from Medicare Local CEO David Dart that efficient services will be untouched.
He said he was pleased with Mr Dart’s response, and was looking forward to working with him for the benefit of the community.
‘‘I think it is going to go well. David (Dart) is very enthusiastic.
‘‘And we have been advised that anything working well won’t be touched.’’
Deputy Mayor Brian Hill was also bolstered by the changes to health services in the local area, but said continued partnership and work would be needed to see it succeed.
‘‘There was a very positive feeling received.
‘‘The message we received is that everyone needs to work together, but it is a great start.’’
Shepparton residents have livened up Parliament House with pyjamas for the #allaboardshepparton campaign for better rail services.
Local kayaking athletes Brea Roadley and Kayla Whinray have continued making a splash in their sport on both a national and international level.
Dairy Australia is celebrating Australia’s most vibrant regional communities through a search for Australia’s Legendairy Capital 2015.
The Kyabram District Residents Ratepayers and Development Group (KDRRADG) recently funded an inquiry, which it said found Campaspe Shire council to be dysfunctional.
Rochester petrol station operators welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement last week it was launching an inquiry into petrol drive-offs, but maintained drive-offs were not common in the town.
Jackson Gentle beats younger sibling Cooper in thrilling Parkland decider
What will it take for politicians to start taking Nagambie's case for an ambulance seriously?
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
The hard work and loyal service of district police officers was formally recognised last week with three Heathcote officers receiving awards or commendations from Victoria Police.
This weekend, Barooga Football and Netball Club will take a walk down memory lane when it revisits the club’s special and spectacular highlights as part of a special Heritage Round on Saturday.
First Deniliquin crop shows promise.
There may never be a solution to the Murray-Darling Basin and managing its water — Australia’s greatest natural asset.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.