INDEPENDENT candidate for Indi, Helen Haines, has called on both major parties to develop policies and commit more funding for a national rural health strategy including $300 million for allied health positions in rural and regional Australia.
Speaking yesterday announcing her rural health policy initiatives, Dr Haines said there should be bi-partisan support for more funding as called for by the National Rural Health Alliance.
“The current government’s $550 million Stronger Rural Health Strategy in the 2018 Federal Budget committed funding for 3000 additional doctors and 3000 additional nurses over 10 years but complete health care also requires other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, psychologists, audiologists, optometrists, osteopaths, podiatrists, speech pathologists and social workers,” Dr Haines said.
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