As a result of the comparative lack of health services in regional areas, people in Indi have fewer options as well as longer waits and longer travel times when they do access services.
Whether it’s mental health, aged care or access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme – regional people deserve to be treated equally. But health outcomes for regional Australians, particularly around mental health issues, are consistently not good enough.
As a former health professional, I know the difference that equitable access to high quality health care can make to regional and rural people’s lives.
I am currently working to advance a national rural health strategy, improve access to mental health services, cut the waiting list for aged care and home care packages, and ensure NDIS participants are treated as equal participants in the making of their plans.
Feb 6, 2020: Resilient Walwa, great nurse
Jan 24, 2020: Haines welcomes NDIS review
Jan 15, 2020: Fast-track for Border health works
Nov 25, 2019: Aged care report appalls us all
Oct 21, 2019: Home care delivery a priority