Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has attended the official opening of the $15 million Molong Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) – a project secured during his time as the State Member for Orange.
Mr Gee said he was delighted to see the project finished and knows the community is just as pleased.
“It wasn’t long ago that residents at Molong were worried about the future of the hospital and now we have world-class facility for the community,” Mr Gee said.
“We know that when health services are withdrawn from country towns it can have a severe impact on future growth and prosperity. If health facilities are downgraded people tend to move away. Healthy medical services are vital for the long-term viability of our regional villages, towns and cities.
“In 2010 there was a dark cloud hanging over the future of Molong Hospital and a number of others around our region. The opening of the MPS, along with the new ambulance station and also HealthOne, will mean that the future of health services for Molong and its surrounding districts is secure for decades to come. The dark clouds have lifted - there are bright days ahead thanks to a true community effort.
“Multi-purpose services are much-loved by their communities because of their approach to delivering the specific care local residents need. They can provide emergency care, inpatient beds, palliative care, respite care, residential aged care, provision for visiting specialists and a range of primary, community and ambulatory care services.”
Mr Gee said that as part of the new MPS, the Federal Government has also provided $1.18 million for 20 flexible aged care places. There is a further commitment for the ongoing funding of these beds, which should exceed $10 million over the next decade.
“These beds are crucial to smaller communities like Molong and will mean that our older citizens can stay close to their families and support networks,” Mr Gee added.
“Our country communities deserve state-of-the-art health care facilities and I’m absolutely delighted that this has been delivered for Molong!”
As part of Molong’s new health hub, a new $2.5 million ambulance station is also been constructed at the hospital site, which will be complete in late 2018 and was secured when Mr Gee was the State Member for Orange.