Tony Windsor - plus three doctors - should Shine a whole lot of light

14 August 2013

Tony Windsor, former Independent member for New England, will be reflecting in Canberra this Wednesday on how the next Federal Government can improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural, regional and remote areas.

Mr Windsor is the special guest speaker at the launch of the NRHA's Election Scorecard in Old Parliament House. He has committed himself throughout his parliamentary career to the wellbeing of country people.

He will be joined at the event by health spokespersons for the three major parties.

"Some of my best friends are doctors," Mr Windsor said. "But in rural areas we rarely get three of them in the same room. Even though one of the three is a real doctor and not a medic, he is an expert in labour economics. So there will be enough health care knowledge in the room for a reasonably sized country town," Mr Windsor added.

The spokespersons will be Andrew Leigh for the ALP, Andrew Laming for the Coalition, and Richard Di Natale for the Greens. They are expected to lay out the general commitments of their respective parties for the next term of government. The detailed commitments of the three parties will be shown in a weekly Election Scorecard, displaying Yes/No answers to five specific questions in each of seven domains.

Lesley Barclay, Chair of the Alliance, will welcome guests to the event.

The program for Wednesday's event is at http://ruralhealth.org.au/advocacy/election On that website can also be found the Alliance’s 2013 Election Charter, Shining a light on rural and remote health, and the Scorecard with its seven domains and five questions in each.

Further information about the event in Canberra on Wednesday 14 August can be obtained from kellie@ruralhealth.org.au

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Contact: Gordon Gregory - Executive Director:
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