As we draw closer to the election, rural people will be eager to know which of the major parties is promoting the best policies for rural health and wellbeing. The Alliance will be monitoring policy announcements and ranking them on the basis of its 2013 Election Charter, Shining a Light on Rural and Remote Health.
The Election Charter will be launched at Old Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday 14 August from 10.45am. If you would like to attend and help shine the light on rural and remote health, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 August.
The first Alliance Scorecard will be released tomorrow 7 August!
The seven domains underlying the Alliance’s Election Charter and its Scorecard rankings are these:
1. Local health needs must determine rural service planning and delivery.
2. There must be an integrated rural training pathway for rural and remote health professionals.
3. In aged and disability care, government should build on reform to enable rural people to live better.
4. There must be continued support and resourcing for the Close the Gap Campaign.
5. Funding must provide equitable education and health choices for rural people.
6. Government should lead development of fixed and mobile connectivity for rural prosperity and health.
7. Government should build the economic future of rural communities.