Rural Australians are missing out on healthcare.
The Greens will invest over $1 billion in rural health including $450m earmarked for rural hospitals by boosting federal hospital funding to the states for rural and regional hospitals, $200m in flexible rural infrastructure grants to keep more clinics open longer and $20m in grants for health services to provide training in rural areas.
The Greens will also fix the classification system so rural health professionals are properly remunerated according to level of remoteness. The measure will fund after hours care through Medicare Locals in rural areas to decrease the inequity in access to services.
We will streamline the accreditation of overseas doctors until Australia is self-sufficient with the rural health workforce.
We will deliver on rural mental health by investing heavily in prevention and properly funding more mental health services in rural areas.
CARE FOR PEOPLE