Liberal Nationals to deliver a better deal on rural health

Nationals Member for Mildura, Mr Crisp, has announced that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will develop a rural health workforce strategy, as part of our statewide plan for better health for all Victorians.

Many rural communities, including in those in the Mildura electorate are struggling with a shortage of doctors and allied health professionals and as a result hospitals are experiencing increased emergency department presentations.

“The critical shortage of health professionals in country areas is being experienced now, but the Andrews Labor Government has failed to act, with no future planning meaning worse health outcomes for country people,” Mr Crisp, said.

“Our local doctors, nurses and medical professionals work hard to keep our community healthy, but when local people can’t see a health practitioner when they need it puts more strain on our public health system.

“Waiting times can be up to four weeks just to get a simple script repeat, resulting in people missing medication or travelling long distances to see a doctor who’s unfamiliar with their history.

“A rural health workforce strategy will improve local access to the high-quality, adequately-resourced health services we deserve by making sure we have the skills we need, where we need them.

“The Victorian Heathcare Association have been calling for a health workforce strategy for years and I’m proud to announce that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will develop a comprehensive state-wide strategy which will include a strategy for our country areas.”

If elected, a Liberal Nationals Government will establish a taskforce, including health and community health services, colleges, professional associations and training organisations, unions and peak groups to develop and help deliver the plan. We will also work with the Federal Government, given their vital policy levers in this area.

The Liberal Nationals plans for better rural health also include a four-year, $4 million commitment to ensure the National Centre for Farmer Health can continue its work in improving the health, wellbeing and safety of farming communities across Victoria.

“There will be a clear choice this November – Daniel Andrews who has no plan for regional health care or the Liberal Nationals who are committed to delivering a better deal for regional Victoria with a clear plan to deliver quality health care into the future for our community,” Mr Crisp said.

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