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Delivering medical training for the Sunshine Coast


The first stage of a national assessment of medical schools has been concluded and the Australian Government will collaboratively support 50 students to enable a complete university medical program to be delivered on the Sunshine Coast.

Nurses’ important contribution to Australia’s future health system


Australian Government initiatives are helping to meet the challenge of ensuring the required nursing and midwifery workforce amid rising demands for health care.

Rural doctors not affected by 457 visa changes


Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie, has reassured doctors and rural communities on the impacts of the Australian Government’s changes to the temporary and permanent employer-sponsored skilled migration schemes.

Federal Coalition Government announces 26 Regional Health Training Hubs and 3 new University Departments of Rural Health to boost clinical training in regional Australia


Health and medical students will have greater opportunities to live, study and work in rural and regional Australia as part of the Federal Coalition’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program – another key initiative aimed at boosting Australia’s regional and rural health workforce.

Boost to drug, alcohol and Indigenous mental health treatment in Hunter and Manning regions


Treatment for alcohol and drug misuse, including ice, and Indigenous mental health services across the Hunter and Manning regions are being improved with nearly $2.8 million in Commonwealth funding.

Coalition Supports Better Medical Services for Rural Mothers


A number of Australian Government initiatives will help to ease the shortage of qualified doctors available to help women giving birth in rural and regional Australia.

First National Rural Health Commissioner a step closer


The appointment of Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner is a step closer.

Coalition tackles local GP shortage head on


Steps towards solving the shortage of GPs in the Woy Woy area have been announced after a public forum was called in response to concerns raised by residents and local GPs.

Dairy industry tackles food and obesity issues


Federal Assistant Health Minister and Minister responsible for food policy, Dr David Gillespie, congratulated Australia’s dairy industry for the role it is playing in helping to tackle the nation’s obesity challenge.

Minister Gillespie discusses Australia’s response to radiological emergencies


Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, attended the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council meeting at Victoria’s State Control Centre.

$31 million boost to student training opportunities at James Cook University


Medical students in Mackay will receive greater opportunities to train under the Australian Government’s continued investment in the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

Coalition to deliver more doctors for regional and rural Australia


Hundreds of new junior doctors are set to experience work as a general practitioner in regional and rural Australia through a new Australian Government initiative.

Dementia Support Services in Tamworth


Federal Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie joined Local MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce in Tamworth at a local event promoting dementia services available to the community.

Federal Coalition Government boosts funding for Tamworth Health Precinct


The Tamworth Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Australian Government’s announcement that Newcastle University is investing $29.24 million under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

New CEO for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)


Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, today announced that the Board of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has appointed Mr Mark Booth as the new CEO of the internationally esteemed food standards agency.

$93M investment for health workforce agencies


A national network of agencies will be redesigned to deliver better health outcomes for people living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

National Medical Training Advisory Network meets with Minister to discuss Australia’s health workforce challenge


Federal Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie, will meet in Melbourne with members of the National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) to progress crucial work on medical education and training in Australia.

Healthy Food Partnership – Tackling Australia’s Obesity Crisis


Tackling Australia’s obesity crisis is a high priority for the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, who chaired the sixth meeting of the Healthy Food Partnership in Canberra to discuss action on providing consumers with healthier food choices.

Health Insurance Amendment Bill (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017


Minister Gillespie introduced a bill to Parliament on the 9th of February, for the purpose of establishing Australia's first National Rural Health Commsissioner.

Australia's First National Rural Health Commissioner: The Champion of Regional and Rural Health Reform


Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner will be an independent and high-profile advocate for regional, rural and remote health.

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