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$3.76m health support for Marlborough and Kaikoura

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced a $3.76 million support package for earthquake-affected communities in Marlborough and Kaikoura.

For Marlborough the package includes:

  • $500,000 for three additional health practitioners, including a health navigator for one year, an extra mental health clinician for one year and a health promotion worker who will to help extend All Right? campaign developed in response to the Canterbury earthquakes (as well as the associated costs of expanding the campaign).
  • $15,000 for the provision of free GP visits for residents of Ward, Seddon and rural eastern Marlborough for a period of six months (December 2016 – May 2017).
  • $400,000 for three additional health practitioners to assist Nelson Marlborough DHB in responding to increased demand as a result of re-routing State Highway 1. This includes an extra Resident Medical Officer and two additional registered nurses. 

 The Minister's full announcement, including details of the support package for Kaikoura, can be read here.