A Stronger Rural Health Strategy for Wide Bay

Published: Comments:
Australian Government Health & Wellness Lifestyle Political

Social:   

The Coalition Government has announced a strong Rural Health Strategy which is a transformational package to strengthen health service delivery and training across Australia, with an investment of $550 million to deliver around 3000 additional doctors, more than 3,000 additional nurses and hundreds of additional allied health professionals over 10 years.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O'Brien welcomed this announcement and said that the strategy will ensure people living in Wide Bay will have better access to health services.

"This means better qualified GPs, nurses and allied health professionals who will have opportunities, through training and other incentives, to live and practice in towns like ours, instead of remaining in big cities," Mr O'Brien said.

The comprehensive package, to be delivered over the next ten years, will fundamentally change the training and supply of rural and regional doctors.  

"This comprehensive Strategy directly supports a continuum for doctors to learn, train and ultimately practise in rural and regional Australia, so that when people living in regional communities need to see a specialist GP, or a mental health specialist, they will be there."

"The Strategy will establish a platform for the National Rural Health Commissioner to develop a national Rural Generalist pathway, which recognises the advanced skillset of rural doctors to respond to a variety of complex medical challenges.

"The Strategy will also continue to reinforce the nursing workforce because we know Nurse Practitioners are essential to delivering health services, particularly in regional areas.

"We are strengthening the role of nurses by enhancing their role in frontline service delivery, which we know will improve patient care and keep pace with the increasing demand for services," Mr O'Brien said.

Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie said the streamlining of GP training and qualification arrangements will mean more Australian trained doctors will be where they are needed most.

"The evidence shows that the length of time spent in the teaching and training of doctors in rural and regional areas is related to the likelihood of adopting a long term career in these locations," Minister McKenzie said.

Minister McKenzie said to help respond to and inform health workforce needs, the Government is investing in programs to provide an informed, evidence-based foundation for future planning.

"A new planning tool, will for the first time, bring together integrated data on health workforce and services to better inform decisions making where essential services are needed most," Minister McKenzie said.

The Coalition is committed to responding to the challenge of ensuring Australia has the right mix of health professionals to deliver high quality healthcare in regional and rural areas.

For more information on the specific elements of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy, visit the Department of Health website.

 
Llew O'Brien MP : View Full Profile
PO Box 283, Gympie
1300 301 968
Llew O'Brien MP
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Wide Bay's Sporting Champions recognised by Llew O'Brien 13 August 2018 | Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien today announced the latest round of successful applicants from the Coalition Government's popular Local Sporting Champions program. More information...
Grants to get Wide Bay Seniors online 10 August 2018 | Llew O'Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay, is encouraging community organisations to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online. More information...
Immediate Relief for Farming Families takes Drought Relief to $576 million 08 August 2018 | Farming families across the Wide Bay will receive immediate additional financial support to help them and their communities during drought. More information...
2018 Volunteer Grants now available 08 August 2018 | Llew O'Brien MP, Federal Member for Wide Bay, is encouraging community organisations in Wide Bay to apply for a share of up to $20 million in Coalition Government funding to support the efforts of local volunte... More information...
LNP MPs sleep rough in Canberra to support St Vinnies Sunshine Coast 07 August 2018 | LNP Federal Members of Parliament from the Sunshine Coast, Andrew Wallace, Ted O'Brien and Llew O'Brien, together with Nambour based Senator James McGrath, are joining the 2018 Vinnies Community Sleepout, by... More information...
Local businesses prove entrepreneurial worth 07 August 2018 | The northern end of the Sunshine Coast has proven itself as Queensland's entrepreneurial capital if the latest round of Accelerating Commercialisation funding is anything to go by. More information...
Local projects deliver stronger communities in Wide Bay 03 August 2018 | Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is calling for project proposals for funding from Round 4 of the Federal Coalition Government's Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). More information...
Investment in sport infrastructure to build stronger communities 02 August 2018 | Llew O'Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay, is encouraging local sporting groups to apply for funding for a national $29.7million program aimed at upgrading community sport infrastructure. More information...
National Action Plan on endometriosis to help thousands of Australian women 27 July 2018 | The Coalition Government has released Australia's first National Action Plan for Endometriosis, investing a further $1.2 million to improve the quality of life of patients through better treatment, diagnosis, and... More information...
DOB IN A DEALER campaign for Wide Bay 27 July 2018 | Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O'Brien MP has welcomed a further $1 million funding commitment by the Coalition Government to continue the national Dob in a Dealer campaign run by Crime Stoppers Australia... More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service