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05 Sep 2018 Euroa Gazette, Euroa VIC (General News) by Grace Evans $400k ensures public care at Euroa Health to remain EUROA Health has received the green light to continue giving their residents the hospital care they need, closer to home. Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced on Monday she had secured up to $400,000 from the State Government for Goulburn Valley Health to extend a partnership with Euroa Health. The two health services have previously trialled an arrangement that saw public bed-based hospital services provided at Euroa Health. The funding aims to give locals a continual option to gain better access to safe and high quality acute public hospital care, without needing to stay at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton, unnecessarily. The partnership has seen Euroa inpatients at Goulburn Valley Health transferred to Euroa Health to continue their inpatient hospital care, treatment and recovery, which has helped families save money on expensive travel and accommodation. I am proud to have secured an extension of this successful partnership, Ms Symes said. Euroa residents will continue to enjoy access to public hospital services, right on their doorstep at Euroa Health. Doctors and nurses at Euroa Health do a fantastic job and we are giving them the support they need to provide safe and high quality inpatient care and keep locals healthy, in their own community. This comes on top of a $268,000 boost in State Government funding for Euroa Health provided in the 2018/19 financial year. Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) said public funding is a huge win for our community. It has taken us four years to convince the Andrews Government to provide an ongoing level of funding but the future of the hospital is now secure and most importantly more Euroa residents can now be treated in our own community, she said. Euroa Health chief executive officer Wayne Sullivan said the funding will help see between 100 to 120 public admissions over a 12 month period. Those that are in need and those that are not in a position where they can afford private health insurance will be able to receive care in their local community, Mr Sullivan said.