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First National Rural Health Commissioner a step closer

20/03/2017

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


Coalition tackles local GP shortage head on

17/03/2017

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

16/03/2017

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

16/03/2017

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

07/03/2017

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

06/03/2017

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

03/03/2017

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

03/03/2017

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)

22/02/2017

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

18/02/2017

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

17/02/2017

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

10/02/2017

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

09/02/2017

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

08/02/2017

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


Health Star Rating campaign to step up in Adelaide supermarkets this Sunday

31/01/2017

Adelaide shoppers will start to see marketing of the Health Star Rating (HSR) campaign step up a gear as they make their way around their local supermarket from Sunday.


Government announces improvements to Australian General Practice Training as part of Health Workforce reforms

30/01/2017

The Australian Government has announced another important component of its significant health workforce reform agenda, handing the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program selection to the two General Practice Colleges.


Health Stars Help Tackle Obesity

20/01/2017

The Australian Government has announced a new national public awareness campaign to promote the front of pack health stars on packaged foods in an effort to help tackle Australia’s obesity epidemic.


Appointment as Assistant Minister for Health

18/01/2017

Dr David Gillespie has welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister that The Hon Greg Hunt MP will be appointed the new Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.


More training opportunities for health and medical students in Mildura

16/12/2016

Health and medical students in Mildura will have even more opportunities to expand their skills as part of the Australian Government’s continued investment in rural health training through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.


Tackling Australia’s new health workforce challenge

14/12/2016

Twenty years ago, Australia faced one of its most significant health workforce challenges. With a limited supply of doctors at the time, the Howard Government implemented a successful suite of policies which has been supported by successive governments in addressing this challenge. This led to the doubling of medical graduates, the expansion of medical training places and medical workforce growth over the last two decades.

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