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The number of doctors that are educated in our universities or allowed to migrate to Australia, and the amount of money that is invested in rural and remote health and the services provided, is decided by the Federal and State governments without talking directly to rural and remote people. For decades, rural and remote people have been excluded from decisions about our health services and workforce leading directly to the rural doctor crisis. It’s time for change.
Australians who cannot fairly access a local GP because they live in rural & regional Australia
The decline in the number of rural generalists working in NSW in the last decade
The amount of money the government saves every year because rural people cannot see a local GP
The decline in the number of medical graduates choosing general practice careers
A New Deal for Rural Australians
WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MP AND ASK FOR A NEW DEAL FOR RURAL AUSTRALIANS INCLUDING:
block funding for medical centres in towns that are about to lose their GP Clinic, or which have already lost them, to enable communities to pay GPs and other health professionals to work rurally for 5 years.
Funding for local government to build a modern practice, housing and fund equipment to create attractive places to live and work.
GP-led team funding to enable nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals to claim rebates if working in a GP team.
funding of Telehealth care for all consultations to enable residents who live a long way from a town to access care anytime and anywhere.
fund community organisations to run hubs in small rural and remote towns without viable GP services that integrate GP, health, social services and community services and bring jobs back to the bush.
reallocate medical student places to universities that have a proven track-record of delivering actual GPs to rural areas.
Create a dedicated rural GP curriculum and education program that is 100% designed to enable rural and remote students to become rural and remote doctors.
re-instate rural priority so that more overseas doctors work rurally for 10 years and double the intake of overseas GPs for 4 years.
re-establish the GP Training Program that saw hundreds of junior doctors training in rural areas that was abolished by the Federal Government, and allocate the training places and funding directly to rural and remote communities.
review local health network boundaries to ensure they are responsive to local people.
review the role and governance of LHNs and PHNs to reduce waste, fragmentation and duplication and give local people and clinicians a stronger voice in local health and hospital care.
Rural and remote people have been told many things about the reasons for the rural health crisis, how new programs will help and how rural and remote health has improved over the years. To find out if these claims are true, misleading or false, click here and read the Rural Health Fact-Check Files.
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