Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler, and Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou, today announced about $350,000 worth of additional services for people in the Calwell whose capacity for independent living is at risk.

Hillcrest Health Centre in Broadmeadows has received $100,000 as part of the Federal Government’s after-hours GP support funding program.Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said: “For many residents, GP clinics are their first port-of-call when they fall ill... as we all know, we don’t just need GPs during business hours."

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and the Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou recently announced four new specialist doctors will be assigned to the electorate. Ms Vamvakinou said the extra investment of four specialist doctors in Craigieburn and Broadmeadows was a windfall for the local community.





Patients can expect to see a refurbished medical clinic in Calwell, thanks to the Dr Amjad Hussain receiving $300,000 as part of the Gillard Government’s primary care infrastructure grants. Over 240 organisations around the country have been shortlisted as successful applicants for primary care infrastructure grants of up to $500,000.

multiculturalismThe Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Migration has launched an inquiry into multiculturalism in Australia.  Chair of the Committee, Maria Vamvakinou MP, welcomed the inquiry and the opportunity to hear directly from migrant communities.‘Australia is a diverse society - it is part of who we are as Australians both in the city and the bush.  Some European leaders have suggested that multiculturalism has failed in Europe. The lessons from Europe are important, but multiculturalism in Australia and Australian society is quite different,’ Ms Vamvakinou said.


helping children prepare for life and learning.jpgThe Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou today welcomed the expansion of a national home parenting and learning program in Broadmeadows. The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is being expanded to 15 communities across Australia in 2011, taking the number of communities benefiting from the program to 50 nationally. “This is an important initiative that helps parents give their child the best chance of a successful start for school,” Ms Vamvakinou  said.

Arabic CalligraphyCalwell’s large multicultural community will benefit from the inclusion of Arabic in the National Schools Curriculum.Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said it was fitting that the Arabic language be considered for inclusion in the National Curriculum.

Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou welcomed the $140,000 funding announcement for the Hume Youth Assistance and Referral Team (HYART).
The Hume Youth Assistance and Referral Team (HYART) is an early intervention, crime prevention and referral initiative, for young offenders and 'at risk' youth within Hume City.  In partnership with community agencies and support services, HYART aims to assist young offenders to address the underlying causes of their issues.