Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has today announced the Government will provide $467,475.00 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to increase security in remote clinics.
The funding has been committed under Round 3 of the Coalition’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund.
Mr Ramsey said safety is paramount in enabling people to feel safe to go about their work and their lives.
“Safety in remote clinics for patients and health workers is an issue of utmost importance and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening,” he said.
“The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the most respected organisations in the nation and their work in remote Australia is responsible for saving many lives.
“Remote RFDS Clinics provide primary healthcare, referrals, visiting and ambulance services to outback communities and tourists travelling in the region
“This funding will enable the service to increase the safety at remote clinics and extend and improve the vigilance for people working in isolated areas.”
RFDS will install CCTV/duress and security lighting to increase safety of the community clinics.Security to community emergency ambulances will enable tracking and duress functions for safer call-outs.
Increased security measures for community facilities and remote health workforce are imperative due to the isolated nature of work. This project will enhance community safety and reduce fear of crime by providing secure and safe community health facilities for residents, tourists and staff in these areas.
The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Coalition’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure.
The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that all Australians have a right to feel safe and secure when their communities come together.
The Coalition has now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen our communities.
“The Coalition will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make our nation safer,” Mr Dutton said.
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