Rural health sector welcomes new Assistant Minister for Rural Health

19 July 2016

The National Rural Health Alliance congratulates Dr David Gillespie on his appointment to the position of Assistant Minister for Rural Health.  Dr Gillespie is a medical practitioner with experience in providing health care in rural and remote Australia and is therefore well placed to really make a difference in his new role.

We are also pleased to see The Hon Sussan Ley reappointed as Minister for the Health and Aged Care portfolio and Mr Ken Wyatt AM as Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care.

The CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, Dr Kim Webber said "rural and remote Australians made the importance of their health loud and clear during the election."

“For as long as we can remember, the one third of the population who live outside the major cities have had the highest health care needs, but also the worst access to health services. We know that difficulty accessing health services means poorer management of illness. We see the devastating results of this through increased rates of ill health, hospitalisation and premature death in our rural and remote population.

“One of the first roles for Dr Gillespie as Assistant Minister for Rural Health will be appointing a Rural Health Commissioner.  The Commissioner will be in an excellent position to support Dr Gillespie and the Hon Sussan Ley in addressing challenges in providing health care services in rural and remote Australia.  The $2 billion underspend in Medicare expenditure in rural and remote areas speaks volumes in terms of the lack of services available to the population."

“We don’t want more funding than those in the city, we just want a fair share of the health budget, and flexibility to enable that share to be used most effectively in rural and remote areas”, says Kim Webber, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance

“We look forward to working constructively with Dr Gillespie, Mr Wyatt AM and the Hon Sussan Ley to improve the health outcomes of people in rural and remote Australia.

Media Release Contact Info: 

Kim Webber, CEO
0401 006 170