Health Reform Meeting with Canning Division of General Practice
The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, met with representatives of the Canning Division of General Practice in Perth.
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20 January 2010
The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, today met with representatives of the Canning Division of General Practice in Perth to discuss proposals for major health reform.
The Canning Division of General Practice covers an area of 1,040 square kilometres in the South East Corridor of metropolitan Perth and includes the major regional centres of Belmont, South Perth, Victoria Park, Bentley, Cannington, Armadale and Gosnells.
The visit is part of the Rudd Government’s nationwide consultations with the health sector following the release of the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission Report, A Healthier Future for all Australians.
The Government is using the report’s recommendations for system-wide changes to Australian health care together with the draft National Primary Health Care Strategy and the National Preventative Health Strategy as the basis of the consultation process.
At the meeting, Mr Butler outlined major principles identified for meaningful reform and discussed priorities and strategic options with local health practitioners.
“We have done a lot of work already to bolster the ailing health system this Government inherited, but we need to implement major, lasting reform,” Mr. Butler said.
“The nationwide input of health professionals, from inner city, to outer regional to very remote locations, is vital to the success of the reform process.”
“All Australians have a stake in our health system and this broad consultation process will help us to structure a stronger, more equitable system geared for the challenges of an ageing population and the rise of chronic disease,” Mr Butler said.
All Australians can contribute to the reform discussions and access copies of the reports via the website www.yourHealth.gov.au
Media contact: Lisa Sedgwick, Parliamentary Secretary’s Office, 08 8242 0827
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