Ramsay backs calls for farmer health centre funding

LIBERAL MP Simon Ramsay is the latest state politician calling on the Commonwealth to fund Hamilton’s National Centre for Farmer Health. 

The centre is on the brink of closure with only $250,000 set aside by the state government, providing that Canberra contributes also $750,000. 

Western District Health Service (WDHS) has maintained it will need up to $1 million to maintain the centre. 

In a statement this week, Mr Ramsay called on Canberra to fund the service. 

“The centre works specifically to improve the quality of life for Australia’s farming community, in response to a disturbing trend of poor physical and mental health in that demographic of the community,” Mr Ramsay said.

“I now call on the Abbott government to provide a similar commitment.” 

Funding for the centre will all but dry up after June, with only several studies running until early next year.

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