Innovate, navigate and communicate - 28th Rural Doctors Association of Queensland Conference

Rural doctors and health professionals are meeting in Townsville to discuss current issues and future plans for health care throughout rural and regional Queensland.

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9 June 2017

Rural doctors and health professionals are meeting in Townsville to discuss current issues and future plans for health care throughout rural and regional Queensland.

Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie opened the 28th annual Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) Conference and congratulated RDAQ for a fantastic program centred on the theme of innovate, navigate and communicate.

“All Australians have a right to high quality, affordable and accessible health care, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances,” Dr Gillespie said.

“But for those living outside cities, their health outcomes are often diminished due to their remoteness and reduced access to health services.

“The Federal Coalition Government is determined that this be addressed.”

The National Rural Health Commissioner will be an independent advocate, work with communities, the health sector, universities and across all levels of government to improve rural health policies and champion the cause of rural practice.

The Commissioner will work with organisations, like RDAQ who have supported rural doctors, their families, and the communities in which they live for almost 30 years.

“As the only state medical organisation with an exclusively remote and rural focus, RDAQ plays a critical role providing policy input to all levels of government, monitoring rural medical issues across the state and supporting their individual members,” Dr Gillespie said.

“It is always a pleasure to attend events like this and meet with rural health professionals to discuss the great opportunities that lay ahead for rural health in Queensland.”

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on 0435 686 313

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