The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health – welcomes the announcement of Professor Paul Worley as Australia’s first Rural Health Commissioner.
Speaking on behalf of the Alliance’s 36 Member Bodies, Chair Tanya Lehmann, described the appointment as a potential catalyst to drive the urgent work required to improve rural and remote health in Australia:
“We are excited about the opportunity that the appointment of Professor Worley as a champion to the cause of rural health presents to assist in establishing a renewed focus and commitment to improving health outcomes for the seven million people living in rural and remote Australia.”
The Alliance and its Members lobbied extensively for the creation of the post of Rural Health Commissioner and played a key role in providing input on the draft legislation related to the term of appointment and scope of the role.
Mark Diamond, Interim CEO of the Alliance, applauded the appointment and welcomed the Commissioner’s engagement with people who live in rural and remote areas, and with those who have first-hand experience of the challenges of rural and remote health:
“The Alliance is looking forward to working with and supporting the Commissioner in carrying out his duties. More broadly, we are looking at working with all governments and other stakeholders in the development of a long-overdue new national rural health strategy, including rural health service access standards, to help overcome the disparity in health outcomes for Indigenous people, and those living in rural, regional and remote areas.”
Mark Diamond, 0428 817 090
Amber Carvan, 0423 703 503