In Brief: $21m broadband boost for health in rural areas

A TOTAL of $21 million is to be spent on a broadband development project to facilitate health and emergency services for people living in remote and regional areas. The federal government will provide $9.3 million in funding for the Bush Medivac WA project, while the state and its consortium partners will contribute $12 million. The project will deliver improved emergency and health services to Australians living in regional and remote areas by providing terrestrial and non-terrestrial broadband network infrastructure. It is being developed by the WA Department of Industry and Resources in partnership with the Department of Health’s WA Country Health Service, the Department of Environment and Conservation, St John Ambulance Australia, Surf Life Saving WA and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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