As­sis­tant min­is­ter high­lights health

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST -

A NEW As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Ru­ral Health has been ap­pointed to ad­dress the lack of health ser­vices in ru­ral and re­gional parts of the coun­try.

Dr David Gille­spie, a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner, was ap­pointed to the National Ru­ral Health Al­liance po­si­tion.

Dr Gille­spie has pro­vided health care in ru­ral and re­mote parts of Aus­tralia, and is ex­pected to make a dif­fer­ence to health in re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas like the South Burnett.

National Ru­ral Health Al­liance CEO Dr Kim Web­ber said ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralians made the im­por­tance of their health “loud and clear” dur­ing the elec­tion.

Be­cause of this, she said the new po­si­tion was hugely im­por­tant.

“For as long as we can re­mem­ber, the one third of the pop­u­la­tion who live out­side the ma­jor cities have had the high­est health care needs,” she said.

“But also the worst ac­cess to health ser­vices.

“We see the dev­as­tat­ing re­sults of this through in­creased rates of ill health, hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion and pre­ma­ture death in our ru­ral and re­mote pop­u­la­tion.”

DrWeb­ber said re­gions did not need more fund­ing than metro ar­eas, but sim­ply a fair share of the health bud­get.

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