Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced $50 million over two years will be made available to Medicare Locals to assist GPs and other health care providers to adopt and use the new eHealth records system.
The after hours GP helpline (1800 022 222) has become a truly national service, as Victoria has now signed on, bringing all state and territories on board.
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says it is “flabbergasted beyond belief” that the Federal Government continues to do nothing while a “policy wreck” of its creation continues to wreak havoc across rural and remote Australia.
While today’s prediction of a shortfall of almost 110,000 registered and enrolled nurses by 2025 won’t surprise those who work in health care, Health Workforce Australia’s Health Workforce 2025 report should be a wake-up call for consumers and government.
Despite poaching more doctors from overseas and training more in Australia, rural and remote communities could actually be worse off compared to the cities over the next decade, warns the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.