Three local health professionals let go after funding cut

North West Remote Health have had to let three health employees because they can’t afford to keep them on. Picture: supplied.
North West Remote Health have had to let three health employees because they can’t afford to keep them on. Picture: supplied.

North West Remote Health have had to let go three health employees because they can’t afford to keep them on. 

The three Allied Health professionals deliver primary healthcare to rural clients around the North West. 

NWRH is a not-for-profit organisation that relied on funding from Government and other NFPs. 

CEO Evelyn Edwards said they suffered a significant funding cut, but would not reveal from which entity. 

“For our organisation, we try to run the business as leanly as possible and our major expense is our employees,” Ms Edwards said. 

“We’ve worked really hard over the last few weeks to try and find a solution to reallocate those staff members.

“In the end due to the funding cut we had no choice but to reduce some of the allied health positions,” she said.

Ms Edwards said staff were told about the cuts on Friday. 

“We tried to realign positions within our organisation because we have an integrated service model so we deliver a lot of different services but in the end when you have a significant amount of funding cuts you don't have a choice,” she said.

“We don’t want to reduce any staff because it places a lot of time and work in a recruitment strategy to get people to come out to Mount Isa so we don't like losing them.”

“It's really unfortunate because we care for our employees and we’re sensitive to their needs but we just don't have the dollars to cover it,” Ms Edwards said.