Health priorities in the ‘maine

Castlemaine Health Board Chair Peggy Ronnau, Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters with young son Charlie, Castlemaine Health CEO Sue Race, and executive director finance, performance and infrastructure, Jason Stevens, at Castlemaine Hospital earlier this week. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb
The suicide rate in Mount Alexander Shire Council is almost double the state average, and executive staff at Castlemaine’s public hospital are more than a little eager to see a new health and wellbeing hub established for the town.
These were just a couple of main matters mentioned as federal member for Bendigo, Labor’s Lisa Chesters visited Castlemaine Health and took a tour of the hospital ahead of the impending federal election shaping for the first half of next year.
“It’s either going to be early March or in May,” said Ms Chesters, who’s entourage for her mid-week hospital tour included baby son Charlie.
“Either way, when he calls it – we’re ready,” the ALP local incumbent said, before detailing several reasons for her hospital visit. Read more in today’s Mail…

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.