Federal government to fund and deliver $9 million rehab centre in Cairns

The federal government will provide $9 million to Mission Australia to fund a new Cairns-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. This initiative continues the federal government’s unprecedented $720 million investment in drug and alcohol treatment services. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said government funding will support a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program and the development of…

Federal government provides mental health and jobs boost for young Australians in FNQ

The federal government will help more young people with mental illness living in Cairns to enter the workforce with a package of increased support. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced the Royal Flying Doctor Service would receive $585,000 in funding to assist them with the implementation of the highly-successful Individual Placement and Support Trial.…

Federal government to invest $268 million to continue the battle against alcohol and drug misuse

The federal government will provide $268 million to continue support for Australians battling alcohol and drug issues. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the funding over three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 will be provided to regionally-based Primary Health Networks. He said the Northern Queensland PHN would receive $1.284m per year over the next three…

Far North Day Hospital

MR ENTSCH: Recently I had the pleasure of opening the first multi-speciality day hospital to be opened in Cairns in more than 20 years. The $5 million Far North Day Hospital includes two day-hospital operating theatres, and a third is planned for later this year. It offers urology; gynaecology; and dental, plastic and cosmetic surgical services,…

Free flu vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

The federal government will ensure 170,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents are vaccinated against the flu for free and additionally provide a $12 million to boost a national immunisation education campaign. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said seasonal influenza vaccines will be available at no cost through the National Immunisation Program for…

World Tuberculosis Day

MR ENTSCH: It is a tragic fact that, although tuberculosis is a preventable and curable disease, 10 million people on this planet develop it every year, of whom about 1.6 million die. TB is a disease that most people thought was a thing of the past and is isolated to small pockets in some more…

Federal government to invest $26 million to tackle childhood heart disease

The federal government will establish the HeartKids Project with $26 million to tackle childhood heart disease, which affects more than 65,000 throughout Australia and including those living in Far North Queensland. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said today, on international day for congenital heart disease, the government will provide $20 million for medical research into…