Rural Health Budget $$ Welcome – but not enough

Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Health Budget has new announcements about rural health
Health Budget has new announcements about rural health

New funding to attract more doctors to country areas has been welcomed by the National Rural Health Alliance, Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health.

“We are pleased tonight’s Federal Budget allocates $550 million over 10 years to help fill the health workforce gaps that exist in so many parts of country Australia,” said Alliance CEO Mark Diamond.

The government says it will deliver 3,000 new specialist GPs, and 3,000 additional nurses over ten years mainly through providing end to end training in country areas.  

“It’s not only doctors and nurses that are missing outside major cities.  Equally there are not enough allied health professionals.  Some areas have no psychologists, no physiotherapists, no occupational therapists,” Mr Diamond said.

You can access the latest Alliance media release here, for our initial take on the main rural health Budget announcements.

For full analysis of Budget measures for health in rural and remote Australia - download and share our Position Paper on the Budget 2018-19.