Prime minister Kevin Rudd, pictured here with Page MP Janelle Saffin at a lunch function in Grafton earlier this year, will visit Lismore today to announce a new health initiative.
Prime minister Kevin Rudd, pictured here with Page MP Janelle Saffin at a lunch function in Grafton earlier this year, will visit Lismore today to announce a new health initiative. Adam Hourigan

Money spent on health

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will be in Lismore today, shoring up support for Janelle Saffin's campaign to hold the key marginal seat of Page and announcing a new Medicare Local initiative for stroke sufferers.

Mr Rudd will announce a new $50 million national program for 70 stroke care co-ordinators to operate out of 61 Medicare Local centres.

An ALP campaign director said at least one of those positions will be based in Lismore.

Co-ordinators will work with stroke patients to ensure they get the care they need as they move from hospital to home.

Ms Saffin said, "any health announcement is a good announcement."

"In our area, with our age demographic this is something that is greatly needed here," she said.

Ms Saffin said health funding has been her top priority for Page and was excited that Mr Rudd was returning to the region.

"I think it's great to have the PM visit... He's no stranger here and this just shows his strong support.

"He knows the area and understands the issues I put to him, particularly in health," she said.

Ms Saffin said having the PM in Lismore would also be a "great morale boost" for her campaign.



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