Opening Statement - Inquiry into the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014 and the Health Workforce Australia (Abolition) Bill 2014

02 July 2014

The key issue the Alliance raised at a public hearing of the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee was not the institutional arrangements that apply, nor the name of the lead agencies, but the sustainability and priority given to work (or 'streams of activity') that have proven to be, and will remain, of vital importance to the people of rural and remote Australia. With both health workforce research and planning and preventive health work reintegrated into the Department, the Alliance anticipated an even closer relationship between those two streams of activity.

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