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