Stronger Rural Health Strategy Supports Rural and Regional Queenslanders

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health, today reinforced the Australian Government’s commitment to improve health outcomes in rural and regional Queensland, speaking at an event in Brisbane today.

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8 June 2018

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health, today reinforced the Coalition Government’s commitment to improve health outcomes in rural and regional Queensland, speaking at an event in Brisbane today.

The Minister said that the Government is committed to ensuring that people living in rural and regional areas have access to the same health services and professionals as those living in Australia’s big cities.

“The Coalition’s new $550 million Stronger Rural Health Strategy is without doubt, a historic turning point for Australians living outside major cities,” Minister McKenzie said.

“It’s a 10 year plan representing the largest overhaul of our health workforce in decades.

“The Strategy will deliver a further 3,000 additional doctors; more than 3,000 nurses and hundreds of additional allied health professionals in rural Australia.

“We know that doctors who train in rural areas are more likely to go on to practise in rural areas.

“Junior doctors will be supported to practise in private practice in rural and remote areas – providing much-needed services to the community while they complete their training.

“As well, incentives to draw GPs, nurses and allied health professionals to rural areas will be improved.

“In short, the Government’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy is a comprehensive reset of our approach and addresses every stage of the medical workforce supply—teaching training, recruitment and retention.

“We will also provide an extra $2.4 billion to list new medicines on the PBS to improve health and save lives, $5 billion for aged care and $3.9 billion to close the gap on Indigenous health and mortality.”

The Medico–political Forum was held during the Rural Doctors Association Queensland’s (RDAA) 29th Annual Conference in Brisbane.

Media contact: Kate Woodbridge 0409 679 924

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