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alcoa renews commitment to peel region
Alcoa’s commitment to the Peel region in Western Australia continues with the investment of $50,000 in the Peel Health Campus and $100,000 in the Peel Community Foundation.
 
Thanks to Alcoa’s $50,000 donation, the Peel community is a step closer to seeing a dedicated children’s ward at the Peel Health Campus – a service the community has been working towards for some time.
 
Our contribution was the final instalment in a three year partnership with the Peel Health Campus Foundation.  The Foundation has raised $2.8M and is now only $200,000 away from being able to start construction. 

Alcoa’s Pinjarra Refinery Manager Armando Torres said: “It’s with the combined efforts of government, the corporate sector and individuals that we will see the realisation of the children’s ward - which was once considered an ambitious goal.”
 
Local four year old Tahlia Nixon (pictured right) currently travels three times each week to Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth to receive medical treatment for an ongoing health condition.  Tahlia’s parents, Kelly and Alan, are looking forward to the possibility of having the travel reduced when the children’s ward at the Peel Health Campus is built.
 
Meantime, the Peel Community Foundation was officially launched at the beginning of September which aims to support initiatives that demonstrate a positive contribution to the economic, social, environmental enhancement or sustainability of the Peel region.
 
The fund was established with an initial donation from the WA Government of $100,000.  Alcoa, this month, matched that contribution.
 
The Fund will be administered by WA Community Foundation as Trustee for the benefit of local communities of the Peel Region. 
For more information on the Peel Community Foundation click here.

new emergency medicine centre in regional victoria
The communities of Portland and Warrnambool in south-west Victoria have received a much needed medical boost, thanks to a partnership between Alcoa and Deakin University. 
 
The partnership will see the delivery of a new Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine (the Centre) which will enhance the quality of medical care in those regions and address emergency medical shortages.
 
Alcoa is providing $300,000 over three years for the development of the Centre, which will have two bases - in Warrnambool at South West Healthcare and in Portland at Portland District Health. 
 
“With Portland and Warrnambool being so far away from major cities, the new Centre will really give these communities piece of mind,” said Anna Impey, Community Relations Officer at Portland Aluminium.
 
“As a new mum I have worried about what would happen if something happened to my son, with us being so far away from the big hospitals in the cities.  This Centre will be an important step to creating a sustainable community in the south-west of the State.”
 
The Centre will provide clinical leadership, as well as research and training in emergency rural medicine.  It will be founded as a ‘model’ for rural Australia in the development and provision of these services. Additionally, it will contribute to teaching programs coordinated by Deakin Medical School’s Greater Green Triangle Clinical School based at Warrnambool. The Centre will provide emergency medical training for junior and senior medical staff, as well as regional medical practitioners and GPs.


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