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Federal Budget Fails Healthier Children Scheme

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Friday, 16 May 2014

Tags: Preventative Health, Federal Budget

The highly successful ‘Move Well, Eat Well’ program being delivered in Tasmanian schools is another victim of the first Abbott Budget, Greens Health spokesperson, Cassy O’Connor MP, said today.

“On Tuesday night in Canberra, the Abbott Government walked away from the National Partnership Agreement on Preventative Health, meaning the loss of not only future investment in keeping our communities healthier and taking pressure off the public hospital system, but also, the Greens understand, the loss of federal funding for this fantastic program that engages students, families and teachers in healthy diet and lifestyle learning."

“It’s a terrible backward step.  Move Well, Eat Well has been applauded by health experts as a successful investment in establishing healthy lifestyle patterns for young people."

“The evidence tells us that for every dollar you invest in preventative health, you are saving multiple dollars in the acute care system.  You are also saving lives and enhancing community wellbeing."

“This program has delivered outstanding results in Tasmanian schools, for young Tasmanians.  Its funding must continue."

“If the Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, is serious about the health of our children, he will find a way to make up for his Federal colleagues washing their hands of the health of young Tasmanians.  He needs to find the dollars needed to continue this outstanding program,” Ms O’Connor said.