Rural health devoid of strategic political leadership

13 February 2022

The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is challenging the next federal government to stop the political trend of funding small, fragmented initiatives that merely plug gaps across Australia’s deficient rural health system. 

CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane says the Alliance pre-budget submission asks the government to deepen its policy focus on rural health through a new National Rural Health Strategy. 

The Alliance wants to make wholesale change to the funding structure of rural health services and has developed, costed, and substantiated a new model of care called Rural Area Community Controlled Health Organisations, or RACCHOs. 



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