Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Newman Bumps Women's Health Funding

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Newman Bumps Women's Health Funding

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Byline: Daniel Hurst Brisbane Times

QUEENSLAND Health will wind down some of Family Planning Queensland's funding tied to women's reproductive health, in a move the organisation warns will hamper preventative health measures.

A list issued by Queensland Health on Friday afternoon shows the department also will slow grant funding to other groups that run ahealthy lifestylea programs in various parts of the state, along with sponsorship of a mental health advocacy body.

They are among 24 projects that will be provided with an additional three months of funding from today but will be expected to wind up reliance on grant funding after that.

On this list is a grant to Family Planning Queensland with the description awomen's reproductive health servicesa.

A spokesman for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said this did not mean all of Family Planning Queensland's funding was being withdrawn; just a specific grant.

He would not say the dollar amount of funding involved but said the majority of funding to the organisation remained in place.

However Family Planning Queensland's director of education and community services Cecelia Gore said the body received about $460,000 a year for the women's reproductive health services.

This funding will stop in three months.

Ms Gore said the program had been running since the 1990s and the organisation had had a meeting with Queensland Health about two months ago at which FPQ was led to believe the funding would be extended to June 2014.

aWe're completely stunned that that has appeared on this list (of funding being wound down) at all,a she said.

Ms Gore said the program was focused on preventative health for women in rural areas, women with disabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Other items on the list of 24 projects to end reliance on grant funding in three months include a sponsorship contribution for Queensland Voice for Mental Health, a group that speaks up for people with mental health issues and their carers and disseminates information. …

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