A new dialysis unit is set to be established at Benalla Health if the Liberals and Nationals are elected to government this November.
Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Emma Kealy, made the announcement with The Nationals Candidate for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland and Liberal Candidate for Euroa Brad Hearn today.
“Annabelle has advocated passionately for this project which will mean locals can get the treatment they need closer to home,” Ms Kealy said.
“Rather than having to travel three times a week for essential treatment Benalla residents will have accessible and local dialysis with The Nationals in government.
“This is another example of The Nationals listening to our constituents and investing in their priorities.”
Ms Cleeland said she was motivated to push for the commitment after listening to the experiences of Devenish local June Howard.
“This $1.5 million commitment will see four chairs installed in Benalla so locals no longer need to travel to Wangaratta for dialysis,” Ms Cleeland said.
“June, like many others in our community, is travelling three days a week to receive treatment in Wangaratta. Not only is that a huge expense but the travel also consumes a great deal of her time.
“Basing chairs at Benalla Health will be life-changing to anyone needing dialysis.”
Liberal Candidate for Euroa, Brad Hearn, said the Andrews Labor Government had neglected regional healthcare in Benalla.
“I have been a strong advocate for further investment in healthcare in Benalla and this announcement today is a major step forward to supporting the health of our community” Mr Hearn said.
“The Liberals will invest in regional healthcare to address the health crisis and provide a well-rounded service that can be used by every local.”