By Juliano Oliveira
The non-government organisations providing health services in Queensland will receive a $28 million fund from the State Government.
“This funding is vital to support community-based health service providers to respond rapidly to the widespread impact of the virus in Queensland,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“It’s critical that we provide support to the most vulnerable in our community through community-based health service groups as we continue in unprecedented times.
“This funding will help ensure a range of critical public health services including culturally appropriate primary healthcare services, mental health and alcohol and other drugs services continue to be delivered.
“Many services are rapidly having to change the way they operate to keep up with demand while also adhering to social distancing laws, making it difficult to continue their programs in the same way.”
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles said demand on community-based health service groups was expected to spike during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Obviously there is a lot of work happening at the regional, state and national level to deal with such an unprecedented event but we also recognise the need to support the hardworking community health organisations working at the grassroots level to protect communities,” Mr Miles said.
“I urge eligible groups to apply as soon as they can so they can continue to support patients and consumers.”
For more information about eligibility and how to apply, call 07 3006 2815 or email CSFB_RFO@health.qld.gov.au.