Backing rural health funding
LAST week's federal commitment to rural health has been welcomed by the National Rural Health Alliance, with the umbrella group's national funding being extended for another three years.
NRHA chief executive Mark Diamond was elated by the $2.91 million boost, and said the alliance would continue to champion the health services in rural communities.
"It not only allows us to continue our program but also ensures we work pro-actively to address the health needs of the seven million people who live in rural, regional and remote Australia,” Mr Diamond said.
"The facts clearly show that people in country areas experience poorer health outcomes, are more likely to not look after their health and have restricted access to timely, appropriate and affordable health care.
"Not at least, there is our top priority - the improve- ment in health for the 65 per cent of indigenous people who live outside the major urban centres,” he said.
Along with the NRHA, the Rural Doctors' Association of Australia received a federal funding boost totalling $1.125 million.
Such organisations as the Australian College of Nursing, Mental Health Australia and Lifeline also received funding. In total, $23,486,154 was given to 23 Australian health organisations.