RDAMR MediaRelease

25 June 2020

MEDIA RELEASE

Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland thanks regional health heroes.

As pubs and cafes begin to fill more seats, retail workers return to their stores, gyms and beauty salons begin
to rebook clients, and we can once again welcome tourists with open arms, there is one cohort that
epitomises resilience across our region; our health workers.

The exemplary work of our health sector is at the core of our economic recovery from COVID-19. As one of
only two sectors where we have seen an increase in employment during the pandemic (Information Media
and Telecommunications being the other), this can be greatly attributed to new testing facilities such as the
drive-through collection centre established in Berri, one of the first for Regional SA, and a new respiratory
clinic that opened in Murray Bridge.

Doctors and nurses, aged-care and home-care workers, and the many support staff who make up 12%* of our
region’s employment have not only been working overtime, but have also had to set up new systems, adapt
existing facilities and, in some cases, even isolate away from their families to keep our community safe.

RDAMR CEO Ben Fee says the selflessness of those on the frontline during this pandemic is beyond incredible.
“To all of our frontline health workers, thank you! Together with the World Health Organisation, we ask that
our community joins us at every opportunity to thank our regional health heroes. One way this can be done is
by posting your message of thanks using #ThanksHealthHero.”

“The brave and expert work of our health sector has us better-placed than much of the rest of the world and
Australia. Our world-leading health response is the foundation for a strong economic recovery.”

*Economyid.com.au Murraylands and Riverland economy profile

Media contact:

Analise Gates, RDAMR Marketing and Communications Executive

M: 0408 898 320 | E: agates@rdamr.com.au

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