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Medicare Local Alliance Launched

The establishment of 61 agile, community and clinically-led Australian primary health care organisations to better and more regionally organise health so that it is more responsive to community needs is the most substantial reform since the introduction of Medicare.

Rural Doctors Urged to Pin Down Medicare Locals

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says that with existing rural after-hours medical services facing significant funding uncertainty from July 2013, rural doctors should urgently “pin down” their new Medicare Local on how after-hours services will be provided in their area from that time on.

Telehealth Specialist Consultations Indispensible to Health Equity for Rural People

Dr Ewen McPhee of Emerald in central Queensland said that the telehealth service was now an indispensable part of his practice.

Consumer Reference Group for National Mental Health Consumer Organisation

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today announced the establishment of a Consumer Reference Group to set up the new National Mental Health Consumer Organisation.

$8.7 Million in Grants for Rural Health Practices

Rural patients will benefit from new infrastructure grants to 50 projects across Australia, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced today.

Minister Plibersek Media Release on Tasmania

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today announced a $325 million emergency rescue package for Tasmania’s ailing health system.

Peter Dutton Media Release on Tasmania

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek will cut health funding to other states to cover the mismanagement of her Labor-Greens colleagues in Tasmania.

AIHW Dental Workforce 2000 - 2009

The number of dentists working in Australia is rising, and capital cities continue to have more dentists per capita than other areas, according to a report released today by the Australian institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Catherine King's Speech to Queensland Rural Doctors

The Commonwealth Government has made significant steps to address inequities by putting in place a number of initiatives and incentives to help rural Australians to get the health care they need and deserve.

Greens Senator Kicks off Australia-Wide Mental Health Consultation

Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, will travel to Western Australia to begin the first leg of an Australian‐wide tour to hear about the unique issues affecting mental health care services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas.

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