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Achievements: Celebrated 150 years in 2008.
Bendigo Federal MP Lisa Chesters has released a report called Save Medicare, which details Central Victorians’ experiences with health care.
Last year, Ms Chesters held eight hearings across the electorate where locals could talk about health care. The Maldon hearing was attended by local residents plus a number of professionals: mental health workers, former nurses and a local GP.
One clear message coming from the hearings related to the concerns that GPs have with the Medicare rebate freeze. The amount that health care professionals receive from Medicare for their appointments remains frozen until 2020. This is, according to GPs, having an impact upon business viability and is leading to reduced appointment times and higher fees for patients.
Ms Chesters said the Government needs to urgently increase the Medicare rebate to GPs. “We heard that less and less places in the electorate are bulk billing,” she said. “People rely on bulk billing. Without bulk billing, many of the people who attended the hearings say that they simply cannot afford to get the health care that they need. People in Maldon are particularly vulnerable to the government’s Medicare rebate freeze, with up to 40 per cent of survey respondents saying they are delaying or avoiding seeing the doctor because of the spiralling cost.”.....
Council Plan - Have your Say
Mount Alexander Shire Council is continuing the development of its four-year plan, with a summary of community feedback and future direction of the plan available for comment.
More than 350 residents and community groups provided input through a survey, with many others sharing their views at listening posts in December and January....
Fruit Fly Threat
Remember the time when there were fruit fly inspectors on the Murray, who checked to make sure that no fruit was transported from NSW into Victoria? That was back in the days when Victoria was fruit fly-free - the Murray River was the perfect natural barrier to this pesky insect, which was not able to fly very far.
Times have changed. The fruit fly inspection posts were replaced with an honesty system, where drivers travelling south were exhorted to dispose of their fruit in a bin before crossing into Victoria. Of course, the inevitable happened. Fruit fly-infested fruit made its way into Victoria and the insect has become a problem.....
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