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Business lunch with Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt

Event review Friday 23 February 2018

Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt reaffirmed his strong support of a nationally recognised health and education precinct at Frankston when he addressed a Committee for Greater Frankston (C4GF) lunch on Friday 23 February.

The precinct, to be jointly operated by Monash University and Frankston Hospital, is a key advocacy objective of the committee. It would be Melbourne’s third medical hub after Parkville and Clayton.

The event at Functions by the Bay (Frankston Football Club) was attended by federal Dunkley MP Chris Crewther, Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton, Peninsula Health’s new chief executive Felicity Topp, committee vice-president Christine Richards, and almost 60 members and supporters of the committee.

Mr Hunt said the Frankston precinct would be part of a continuing national push for improved medical care including building new hospitals and finding new drugs to combat serious illnesses, including the use of DNA sequencing.

The federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund would provide funds for research into rare cancers, rare diseases and “frontier science” for breakthrough Australian projects.

The fund would double ever year over the next five years, from $60 million to $640 million.

Frankston’s medical precinct would generate jobs 2.5 times the national average, he said. In the future, a medical school could be established at Frankston.

The precinct would focus on aged care and chronic diseases, benefiting the region’s large population of people aged over 60. Expansion of Rosebud Hospital and attracting a private hospital to the southern peninsula was on the agenda, he said.

Peninsula Health’s CEO Felicity Topp, who started at Frankston on Monday 19 February, provided a comprehensive overview of Frankston Hospital’s redevelopment including a clinical research and education centre to be run in conjunction with Monash University.

At the Committee for Greater Frankston business lunch on Friday 23 February were, from left, Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton, new Peninsula Health CEO Felicity Topp, federal Dunkley MP Chris Crewther, C4GF chief executive Ginevra Hosking, federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt and C4GF vice-president Christine Richards.

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Event details

Dear Greater Frankston Businesses:

Committee for Greater Frankston (C4GF) is hosting Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health and one of the peninsula’s two federal MPs, at a business lunch in February.
Mr Hunt was appointed health minister last January. One of his first public statements was about Frankston’s potential to become Melbourne’s third medical hub, a key advocacy objective of C4GF.
The minister, who was born at Frankston Hospital in 1965 and lives on the peninsula with his family, will outline the Federal Government’s commitment to the creation of a nationally recognised medical and education precinct, which will involve Monash University’s Peninsula campus and Frankston Hospital, create high-value jobs, and drive prosperity in our region.
Mr Hunt is also expected to speak about how health policy will respond to the changing needs of an ageing population as well as local social health issues.

Official invitation: GREG HUNT 23rd February 2018

Date

Feb 23 2018

Time

11:45 AM - 01:30 PM

Cost

$58

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Location

Functions by the Bay
Frankston Football Club, Plowman Place, Frankston 3199
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