FIXING RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH
Tuesday, 22 November 2016.
This National Press Club Address outlined key reform priorities in rural and remote health, including the need for greater fairness for the seven million people who live in rural and remote Australia, and the potential for increased productivity and economic growth if the disparities in health outcomes between rural and remote residents, and city residents, can be fixed.
Ms Geri Malone
Chair, National Rural Health Alliance
Geri Malone is the Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance. The Alliance is comprised of 39 national organisations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people in rural and remote Australia.
Geri’s day job is Director of Professional Services with CRANAplus. CRANAplus is the national professional body for remote health professionals. Geri is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. The main focus of her professional career has been in the remote and rural sector in clinical practice with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, mine site work, management, policy and education roles. Geri has also worked overseas with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Somalia, and has completed a Masters in Public Health.
Ms Janine Mohamed
Chief Executive Officer,
Council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)
Janine Mohamed is a Narrunga/Kaurna woman from Point Pearce in South Australia. She has a background in nursing, management and workforce policy and has worked for many years within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. Janine is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). Prior to this Janine was Manager of Projects for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Janine’s career has included: two years with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide as a registered nurse and research assistant; work with the Aboriginal Research Institute and Flinders University in the area of research; a range of other medical and hospital settings as a registered nurse and as a regional coordinator with the Aboriginal Home Care.
Mr Martin Laverty
Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service
Martin Laverty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He is a Director of the National Disability Insurance Agency and serves on the Board of the NSW Public Service Commission and the Board of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Australia, the NSW Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Head of Government at The Smith Family.
A lawyer by training with a Masters in Aboriginal constitutional law, he will complete a PhD in 2016 on not-for-profit health care governance. He has edited two books on health, and founded the Social Determinants of Health Alliance.
In the media:
- Fixing rural, remote health: time to go beyond tokenistic “Akubra & moleskins’ responses
- “One size doesn’t fit all in rural health: 7m people & kids like Max deserve better”
- Stop the “obscene” waste in funding cycles, and make use of a great asset – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce
- Rural Health Commissioner’s KPI: “end acceptance, complacency on health disparities between city and bush”