Tony Windsor to help shine a light on rural and remote health

07 August 2013

Tony Windsor, former Independent MP for New England, will be the Alliance's special guest at the launch on Wednesday 14 August of the Alliance's 2013 Election Charter and Scorecard.

Shining a Light on Rural and Remote Health features seven domains in which government can commit to action which will improve the health of people in rural and remote areas to something closer to what is enjoyed by those in Australia's major cities.

"Tony Windsor has committed himself throughout his parliamentary career to the wellbeing of country people and it will be a pleasure to hear some of his views," said Lesley Barclay, Alliance Chairperson.

The special event, being held in Old Parliament House on Wednesday 14 August, should also see presentations made on health policy issues by representatives of the major parties.

The Alliance has put five specific questions to the parties in each of the seven selected domains and, once their various proposals are announced, the public will be able to see scores for each party on the NRHA Election Scorecard.

The first such Scorecard, to be published on Wednesday 7 August, will set the scene by showing the seven domains and the five specific questions in each.

"The 35 specific questions listed show the breadth of issue that affects health and wellbeing and remind us all of many of the areas in which people in rural and remote areas have to meet particular challenges," Professor Barclay said.

The detailed Scorecard and the Charter are at: http://ruralhealth.org.au/advocacy/election Further information about the event in Canberra on Wednesday 14 August can be obtained from
kellie@ruralhealth.org.au

Media Release Contact Info: 

Lesley Barclay - Chair: 0412 282 801
Gordon Gregory - Executive Director: 02 6285 4660

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