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Federal Government commitment to rural health


27 February 2017

$93 million Federal Government commitment to rural health welcomed

The announcement of $93 million in funding for rural health workforce agencies is welcomed by the RDWA, South Australia’s workforce agency.

“The funding recognises the immense value and contribution workforce agencies make to rural communities,” said RDWA CEO, Ms Lyn Poole.

“The RDWA has been supporting GPs across rural and remote South Australia since 1998, and our support now extends to the rural primary health care workforce more broadly. We are immersed in rural communities and we understand the needs of their health workforce,” she said.

Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced the new $93 million national Rural Workforce Agency program as part of the Federal Coalition Government’s health workforce reform agenda.

“The RDWA, like our counterparts in the other states and the Northern Territory, deliver on-the-ground activities to enhance the health and well-being of people who live in rural and remote Australia,” said Ms Poole.

“We are constantly striving to connect medical and health professionals to the communities who need them.

“We also connect with country kids, those who want to make medicine a career, and we help make their dreams become a reality.

Ms Poole says she welcomes the continued focus on rural health and is looking forward to welcoming the new Rural Health Commissioner, when announced by the Minister.