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Patients in Wallerawang will soon feel the benefits of improved facilities at the Wallerawang Holistic Wellness Centre after it was selected for a Federal Government grant.

Federal Member for Calare, Mr. Andrew Gee today welcomed the announcement that the practice would receive a $300,000 grant under the Rural General Practice Grants program.

“This grant will enable the development of two building sites for the Wallerawang Holistic Wellness Centre,” Mr. Gee said.

“Better facilities will allow more doctors, nurses and other health workers to get hands-on training in general practices in rural and remote areas like Wallerawang.

“They will be able to attend to patients and also, when they are fully qualified, are more likely to decide to stay in Wallerawang or another rural community.

“The people of Wallerawang have waited on this funding for over a decade, so it’s great to see the Australian Government has been able to make it happen.

“This program is so important because it will deliver better health outcomes for the people of the Wallerawang area.” Mr. Gee added.

Assistant Minister for Health, David Gillespie, said practices would match the amount of their grants to undertake their projects.

Dr Gillespie said the projects could range from building new rooms to renovating existing rooms and buying computing technology or medical equipment.

The practice is one of 67 that were offered grants across the nation, with a total of $13.1 million under the Government’s Rural General Practice Grants program.