A public event in Tamworth, NSW, on Monday, 14 October 2013 will give a rural focus to the activities in Anti-Poverty Week. Barnaby Joyce, Federal member-elect for New England, has been invited to give the keynote address. Confirmed speakers include local GP Jenny May (pictured), representing the NRHA, Tessa Boyd-Caine, Acting CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service and a representative of the New England Medicare Local.
The program will include the opportunity for discussion with the speakers and afternoon tea. A joint NRHA/ACOSS Fact Sheet on Poverty in Rural and Remote Australia will be launched at the event and material on related issues is available on the NRHA website.
People living in poverty not only have low levels of income; they also miss out on opportunities and resources that most take for granted, such as adequate health and dental care, education, employment opportunities, food and recreation. Alleviating poverty is a critical part of what needs to be done to achieve better health for the people of rural and remote communities.
The meeting is being organised by the NRHA, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the New England Medicare Local.