Government's need to urgently invest the same amount of funding that has resulted in improvement in the supply and distribution of GPs in rural, regional and remote areas to the allied health professions.
This comment comes from the ngo sector. We need sustainable funding commitment from govt that is longer than 12months. It is extremely difficult to attract an retain a rural workforce under these circumstances let alone make an impact on the complex health issues. We must have at least a 3-5... more
Support the sustainable uptake of telehealth services through inclusion of medicare item numbers for telehealth consultations. This should extend beyond specialists to include GPs, NPs and Allied Health Professionals.
Advocate for enhanced Medicare billing items for nurses working in primary healthcare to assist with making the nurse led clinics self sustaining. Nurses working with communities improve access and change lives.
Improve the access to allied health professionals by reviewing the number of funded allied health consultations available through medicare for those with chronic disease. Inclusion of medicare funded allied health consultations for those at risk of developing a chronic disease in the name of... more
We need to do more in preventive health. Many diseases are 100% preventable with informed protective measures, and many conditions can be minimised with proper education. We recommend that 20% of any health funding is appropriated to Preventive Health measures for any illness, disease or... more
With remote Australians 35% more likely to die within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, we recommend more investment into prevention and early detection (screening and symptom awareness/ early diagnosis) programs, as well as easier access to treatment for regional Australians.
Much primary health care is funded by government and NGOs such as PHNs. The Alliance calls on Commonwealth, state and territory governments to enshrine that a proportion of any grant funding is required to be invested in primary prevention strategies, deliverables and reportable outcomes. A... more
We should be breaking down barriers to access for long acting contraceptive devices. We should be training more nurses and midwives to insert implanons , and investing in free contraception for all - massive returns on investment.
Where primary health care facilities (eg ACCHOs, GP practices) make savings on PATS, a percentage of those savings (eg 30% minimum) be returned to that primary care facility to support patient end support including the development of on-community jobs such as telehealth coordinator, digital... more