Improving the availability of health services to rural, regional and remote communities across Australia will continue to be championed by the National Rural Health Alliance following the Federal Government announcement it will continue to fund the umbrella body for a further three years.
NRHA Chief Executive Officer, Mark Diamond, welcomed the Government’s funding announcement and stressed the Alliance will continue to work with its members, stakeholders and rural, regional and remote communities to ensure better access to health services, a strengthened local workforce and greater utilisation of new technologies, including telehealth services, that are so important in delivering quality services to the bush.
“We thank the Health Minister, Greg Hunt and the Government for committing to this additional funding. It not only allows us to continue our program of activities, but it also ensures we work proactively to address the health needs of the 7 million people that live in rural, regional and remote Australia,” Mr Diamond said.
“The facts clearly show that people in country areas experience poorer health outcomes, are more likely to not look after their health and have restricted access to timely appropriate and affordable health care. Not least, there is our top priority – the improvement in health for the 65% of Indigenous people who live outside the major urban centres.”
“We have a substantial job to do. The confirmation of funding for another three-year term gives us the assurance that we need to develop the initiatives and programs we think will make a real difference to the health of people in rural, regional and remote Australia.”
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