Tai­lored fund­ing key to AMA health plan

Pilbara News - - News - Re­becca Parish

The Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion has re­leased its Plan for Bet­ter Health Care for Re­gional, Ru­ral, and Re­mote Aus­tralia, firmly stat­ing there is room for im­prove­ment in the stan­dard of health care in re­gional Aus­tralia.

The AMA is urg­ing the ma­jor par­ties to adopt its rec­om­men­da­tions as part of its ru­ral health poli­cies.

AMA pres­i­dent Brian Owler said the plan needed sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing in­creases, adding it was es­sen­tial the pol­icy and re­sources were tai­lored and tar­geted to cater to ru­ral health care and the di­verse needs of ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

“The AMA plan pro­poses a fo­cus on four key ar­eas (which are) re­build­ing coun­try hospi­tal in­fra­struc­ture, sup­port­ing re­cruit­ment re­ten­tion, and en­cour­ag­ing more young doc­tors and sup­port­ing ru­ral prac­tices,” Pro­fes­sor Owler said.

“Ad­dress­ing and in­vest­ing in these mea­sures will make a longterm dif­fer­ence to the health of Aus­tralians liv­ing in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.”

The plan is avail­able at www.ama.com.au/po­si­tion­state­ment/plan-bet­ter-health­care-re­gional-ru­ral-and-re­moteaus­tralia.

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