Medical Companion Project is well supported by residents.

     
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A trial program designed to help residents who have to travel to Melbourne for medical appointments has been well supported by the Loddon Shire community.

Living in a rural area means it is sometimes hard for residents to make their way around the city and suburbs for medical appointments by public transport- this program helps alleviates this concern for many.

The Medical Companion Project is on trial until March 31 and is staffed by volunteers from Travellers Aid Australia.

The volunteers meet users at either Southern Cross Station or Flinders St Station and accompany them to their appointments on public transport.

Loddon Shire’s BLine Transport Connections co-ordinator Sue Devereaux said the shire’s residents had been quick to embrace the service.

“Up to last November, there were 56 service users who came from the City of Greater Bendigo and Loddon region,” Ms Devereaux said.

“That was second only to the Swan Hill, Gannawarra and Buloke region, which recorded 60 service users.

“The more patronage this service gets from Loddon residents, the better chance we have of this trial period being extended.”

Medical Companions was launched by the Victorian Government’s Transport Connections Program last March.

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