Back­ing ru­ral health fund­ing

Western Times - - NEWS -

LAST week’s fed­eral com­mit­ment to ru­ral health has been wel­comed by the Na­tional Ru­ral Health Al­liance, with the um­brella group’s na­tional fund­ing be­ing ex­tended for an­other three years.

NRHA chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Di­a­mond was elated by the $2.91 mil­lion boost, and said the al­liance would con­tinue to cham­pion the health ser­vices in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“It not only al­lows us to con­tinue our pro­gram but also en­sures we work pro-ac­tively to ad­dress the health needs of the seven mil­lion peo­ple who live in ru­ral, re­gional and re­mote Aus­tralia,” Mr Di­a­mond said.

“The facts clearly show that peo­ple in coun­try ar­eas ex­pe­ri­ence poorer health out­comes, are more likely to not look af­ter their health and have re­stricted ac­cess to timely, ap­pro­pri­ate and af­ford­able health care.

“Not at least, there is our top pri­or­ity – the im­prove­ment in health for the 65 per cent of indige­nous peo­ple who live out­side the ma­jor ur­ban cen­tres,” he said.

Along with the NRHA, the Ru­ral Doc­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia re­ceived a fed­eral fund­ing boost to­talling $1.125 mil­lion.

Such or­gan­i­sa­tions as the Aus­tralian Col­lege of Nurs­ing, Men­tal Health Aus­tralia and Life­line also re­ceived fund­ing. In to­tal, $23,486,154 was given to 23 Aus­tralian health or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Fed­eral fund­ing will keep ru­ral health groups run­ning.

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