Rationalisation of agencies in the Federal health portfolio

17 June 2014

Announcements in the 2014 Federal Budget will result in significant rationalisation of agencies in the national health portfolio. It will include the amalgamation of six bodies into a single new agency and the absorption of the functions of three other agencies into the Department of Health. This paper summarises the Government's intentions and speculates about the potential impact on health services provided in rural and remote areas.

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