Trangie Action Group to help small health services expand to town

Accessing specialist health services will become easier for those in the region, as the Trangie Action Group takes over the old doctors surgery in the main street.

The group has negotiated with the Narromine Shire Council to take over the building to provide free rent for independent health services seeking to build clientele in the area.

TAG treasurer Andrew Cayzer said the take-over will not only help small independent businesses, but will service the region saving people the extra drive to Dubbo.

"We believe that the community shouldn't have to wait for the council or the government to do things, communities like Trangie have a very active community spirit, and the building was available so we thought lets go and rent it off the shire and find providers," Mr Cayzer said.

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He said that from July 1 the providers will work out of the surgery rent free for twelve months, with the hope they can built their client base. At the end of the financial year, if there's a need for the business the remaining providers will share the rent and costs of the centre.

So far Mr Cayzer said they have a number of services which small towns have limited access to, including a remedial massage therapist, naturopath and dietitian.

"The RFDS are going to do their drug and alcohol work, they're already in town but they don't have anywhere private to do it and there will be a speech therapist," he said.

"So they're all people that are independents, they're not apart of Marathon Health or anything like that, they're independent people from Dubbo that are looking to expand their businesses."

The idea came after it was reported that some independent service providers needed to pull out of Dubbo, because it priced them out of the market for a days rent of a room.

"We're in a good spot because they can do Warren, Nyngan, Narromine, Tottenham, Tullamore, all those towns where its less stress for people to drive from there to us in Trangie, than to drive all the way to Dubbo." he said.

"The nutritionist is also a yoga instructor, who is also going to do yoga out here.

"The idea is that people far west such as Cobar and Bourke can come on down for a session and there's plenty of accommodation in Trangie if they want to stay, or if they want they can come down for the session and head home the same day without the stress of driving into town."