Services slashed

Alpine Shire to feel pain of Federal Government budget changes

RESIDENTS in the Alpine Shire will no longer have access to the many community health programs and health promotion services made possible by the Rural Primary Health Services Program (RPHSP).

The Hume Medicare Local (HML) advised Alpine Health on July 1, they would no longer receive RPHSP funding for health promotion due to funding reallocation by the Federal Government.

Bright Community and Health Advisory Group (CHAG) chairman Peter Hopper, said valuable health promotion services would stop running without the funding.

“The RPHSP funding allowed Alpine Health to run health promotional programs, which included preventative programs as well,” he said.

“Alpine Health has had access to this funding for the past 10 years and many wonderful programs have come out of it.”

Mr Hopper said the decision was made by the government to put the funding into “frontline” services.

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