GP funding welcome but where’s allied health care?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018
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Rural communities will gain better access to GP services through initiatives announced in yesterday’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report, but Australia’s peak rural health organisation asks: “Where are the important allied healthcare services to support this?”

The National Rural Health Alliance has welcomed the Government’s announcement of $33.5 million to improve access to GP consultations through telehealth, but stressed the need for nursing and allied health professions to be able to also claim on the Medicare Benefits Schedule for telehealth consultations with people in rural, regional and remote Australia.

“Rural and remote communities need access to a broad range of services to support the work that GPs do – primary care requires the input of a range of professionals including nursing, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians, social workers and occupational therapists among others,” Alliance CEO, Mark Diamond, said.

Read more on our media release.