The National Rural Health Alliance is delighted with the announcement of the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health.
The group, established in September 2017 with the support of the National Rural Health Alliance, is co-chaired by rural MPs and long-time friends of the Alliance, the Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari and the Hon Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt.
This bipartisan group will provide a forum for Senators and Members to ensure the organisations that assist those in rural and remote areas, have a communication pathway to the Australian Government and able to share concerns and successes.
The Alliance Council plans to meet with the Parliamentary Friends at least twice a year to discuss ways to advance the vision of the Alliance’s 34 Member Bodies to improve the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people that live and work in rural and remote Australia.
The first meeting of the group was a breakfast in Parliament House on 12 September 2017, hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health and supported by the National Rural Health Alliance and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Speakers at the breakfast included:
Tanya Lehmann, Chair, National Rural Health Alliance
Martin Laverty, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service
Katherine Burchfield, Health Director, Royal Far West
Chris Moorhouse, Chair, Friends of the Alliance
The Alliance values the support of the Members of the group and appreciates their interest in improving health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia.
Thank you to all the Members of the Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health:
Senator Chris Ketter, Senator for Queensland
Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald, Senator for Queensland
Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health
Senator Anne Urquhart, Senator for Tasmania
The Hon Damian Drum, Member for Murray
The Hon Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt
Dr Mike Freelander, Member for Macarthur
The Hon David Gillespie, Member for Lyne
Ms Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia
Mrs Nola Marino, Member for Forrest
Mr Brian Mitchell, Member for Lyons
Mr Llew O'Brien, Member for Wide Bay
Mr Ken O'Dowd, Member for Flynn
The Hon Jane Prentice, Member for Ryan
Ms Rebekha Sharkie, Member for Mayo
The Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari
Mr Rick Wilson, Member for O'Connor
Parliamentary Friends of Rural and Remote Health Co-chairs
Hon Warren Snowdon
Hon Warren Entsch
L-R: Tanya Lehmann, Chair, National Rural Health Alliance; The Hon David Gillespie, Member for Lyne, NSW; Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia, Qld; John Dennehy, Board Member, National Rural Health Alliance
L-R: The Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari, NT; Heather Heighley, Member of NRHA Council representing the Australian College of Nursing (Rural Nursing and Midwifery Community of Interest); Senator Pat Dodson, Senator for Western Australia