Tailored funding key to AMA health plan
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.