You won’t be surprised to hear Julia Gillard on Sunday say that she has struck an historic agreement in health. They might be familiar words because they’re exactly the same words Kevin Rudd and Nicola Roxon have used over the last couple of years ...
We came here today with three objectives: to deliver health reform that would stand the test of time, that was genuine reform that would last; to deal with the structural funding problem facing our health system; and to make sure that we were delivering a better deal for patients.
I want to paint for you the dynamic landscape of health reform and to outline the progress that has been made. So much investment from our first term in Government, strategically staged from 2008, is starting to bear fruit and so much more is shaping up since last year’s COAG agreement.
The Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry, must no longer be ignored by the Gillard Government on mental health. The Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, says Professor McGorry has been an outstanding advocate for mental health and his call for extra services, especially in rural and regional areas, must be heeded.