Ru­ral health key fo­cus of Coali­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Kieran Rooney, Townsville Bul­letin

DIS­AD­VAN­TAGES in ru­ral health will be­come a key fo­cus if the Coali­tion is re-elected, with the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment re­veal­ing its vi­sion to im­prove health out­side met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas.

Min­is­ter for Ru­ral Health Fiona Nash has un­veiled her plans to ap­point Aus­tralia’s first ever Na­tional Ru­ral Health Com­mis­sioner and es­tab­lish a Na­tional Ru­ral Gen­er­al­ist Path­way if the Coali­tion wins the July 2 poll.

One of the Com­mis­sioner’s will be first tasks will be set­ting up the path­way and pro­vid­ing a re­port on how to re­form the sec­tor.

Ms Nash said she would work hard to cor­rect this dis­ad­van­tage, with the Com­mis­sioner act­ing as a cham­pion health out­side met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas.

“Ru­ral, re­gional and re­mote Aus­tralians de­serve bet­ter ac­cess to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and this pol­icy will help de­liver that,” she said.

The Na­tional Ru­ral Gen­er­al­ist Path­way will work to pro­vide more doc­tors with ad­vanced train­ing and skills in ar­eas where spe­cial­ists are lim­ited.

Read more on the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times web­site.

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