Save Newcastle's After Hours GP Service!
Medicare has forced Hunter Primary Care (HPC) to make the difficult decision to close the GP Access After Hours Service (GPAAH) at the Calvary Mater Hospital for Christmas Eve and reduce opening hours at the remaining four clinics across the region.
This reduction in services will be devastating news for up to 15,000 people who will be left without access to vital medical care.
The GPAAH Service reduces unnecessary emergency department presentations and hospitalisations, saving the health system approximately $21.7 million every year.
But, these changes will dramatically increase pressure on our already over stretched and under resourced emergency departments.
After six long years of Medicare rebate freezes and recent cuts to bulk-billing incentives by the Morrison Government, HPC has been forced to make the impossible decision to reduce their services to families across the Newcastle Hunter region.
Not only is the Morrison Government’s lack of support unacceptable, it is grossly irresponsible in the middle of a global pandemic.
At a time when the Federal Government should be investing in Medicare and increasing health services to regional Australia, the Morrison Government is doing the exact opposite.
Newcastle deserves better than a government determined to undermine our world-class healthcare system.
2022 Newcastle Volunteer Service Awards
Do you know an outstanding volunteer that deserves to be recognised?
It's been a tough couple of years for our community groups and organisations, but they have continued to work tirelessly for our community, ensuring that no one is left behind. These efforts deserve to be recognised. That’s why I’m delighted to announce that nominations for the 2022 Newcastle Volunteer Service Awards are now open.
Despite the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown at us, I have been incredibly heartened by the surge in community volunteering efforts to ensure that no one in Newcastle is left feeling isolated and alone. The spontaneous creation of neighbourhood groups and the overnight transformation of local cafes into community kitchens and corner stores has been life-saving for many.
Novocastrians demonstrated that, when the going gets really tough, we come together to support each other.
Whether it's in community kitchens providing vital food services to vulnerable or disadvantaged Novocastrians, packing and preparing food hampers for newly arrived Afghani refugees or the amazing volunteer efforts to keep our valuable wetlands and waterways clean and vibrant.
So I would like to encourage you to nominate someone who you believe has offered outstanding service in our community.
To nominate a special volunteer, fill in the online nomination form by Friday 28 January 2022.
Nominating someone is easy and will only take around 10 minutes – so don’t delay!
Say NO! to oil and gas rigs off Newcastle Beaches
The PEP11 Petroleum Exploration Permit runs from Newcastle to the Northern Beaches of Sydney. This permit could see oil and gas rigs erected anywhere along this coastline - even off Newcastle!
The Morrison Government must STOP PEP11 and guarantee there will be no oil and gas rigs off our precious coast!
The Morrison Government is planning to close both the King Street and Mayfield Centrelink offices. While the Government likes to ‘consolidation’ is just the Government’s code word for cuts, diminishing services, and reduced access.
Centrelink has provided critical support to many Australians over the course of the pandemic. Any decision to close or reduce access to Centrelink shop-fronts in Newcastle is unconscionable.
I am deeply concerned about any plans that would reduce the accessibility of Centrelink’s essential services to the Newcastle community, so I will continue to hold the Government to account.
We call on the Government to immediately halt its plans to close Centrelink offices in Newcastle.