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2014-07-02 Future of National Centre for Farmer Health still in doubt despite funding lifeline – ABC Ballarat

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan with the chief executive of Western District Health Jim Fletcher and the director of the National Centre for Farmer Health Sue Brumby.

The Hamilton-based National Centre for Farmer Health will continue operating for at least another year thanks to $625,000 of funding promised by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments. But the centre’s long-term future remains in doubt. 

The Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan says the last-minute federal payment of $375,000 is a one-off, which “unlocks” $250,000 promised by the Victorian Government.

The future of the award-winning centre has been in doubt for over two years, and the funding falls short of the $1 million requested by the centre to cover operating costs.

Mr Tehan blamed the delay – which has meant staff cuts and ongoing uncertainty – on “a difficult budget climate federally”.

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2014-07-02 Future of National Centre for Farmer Health still in doubt despite funding lifeline – ABC Ballarat

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