18 Sep 2009

Flying doctor service wins rural health funding

3:37 pm on 18 September 2009

The Government has awarded funding to six projects aimed at improving health services in rural areas.

The fund provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 for a 12-month project.

Projects to gain support this year include a tele-radiology scheme in Fiordland, GP clinics for kohanga reo and kindergartens in Otaki, and a flying doctor service in western Bay of Plenty.

The flying doctor project has been developed to provide a regular medical service to residents of Motiti, one of the islands off the coast from Tauranga.

The chief executive of Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation, Roger Taylor, says the service has been running for several months and the grant will help to cover the costs of setting it up. It will also will be used to buy a wireless laptop for patient records and a generator to power the clinic.

There were more than 20 applicants for the funding this year.