Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be on the campaign trail in the north coast seats of Richmond and Page today and is expected to announce a new $50 million Medicare initiative for stroke sufferers.
Mr Rudd will be at the Medicare centre at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dalley Street at 11.30am where he is due to announce the new national program for 70 stroke care co-ordinators to operate out of 61 Medicare Local centres.
One of those positions is expected to be in Lismore.
Mr Rudd will jointly make the announcement with Page MP Janelle Saffin who is campaigning strongly to hold on to her marginal seat.
Mr Rudd will later visit the Tweed and meet with Richmond MP Justine Elliot and Labor Party faithful at the Condong Bowls Club at 3pm.
Mrs Elliot last week announced nearly $5 million will be invested by the Labor government for five new Trade Training Centre projects in Richmond.
The projects are: Tweed River High School for a $1 million Metals and Engineering Trade Training Centre; Kingscliff High School, $975,000 for the Kingscliff Agriculture and Horticulture Trade Training Centre; St Joseph’s College, $1.5 million for the St Joseph’s College Banora Point Trade Training Centre; Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar Schoo, $1,188,312 for the Lindisfarne Trade Training Centre; and Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School, for a $301,000 for the Byron Trade Training Centre.
Ms Saffin said the stroke care co-ordinators will work with stroke patients to ensure they get the care they need as they move from hospital to home.
She told APN Media that with the north coast’s age demographic, ‘this is something that is greatly needed here’.
Ms Saffin said the PM’s visit to Lismore was a ‘great morale boost’ for her campaign.