Health and care

Rural health

As a nurse, midwife and rural health academic researcher, I understand the many health challenges we face in regional Australia.

Delivering healthcare in the regions brings obvious challenges: attracting and retaining a workforce, small populations spread over large distances with long trips to health services. In short, compared with the cities, fewer dollars must stretch further to meet a greater need.

We need to be properly investing in our regional health services, training the local workforce, and supporting new services, especially in mental health. Living in the country shouldn’t mean accepting sub-standard healthcare. And we need to get serious about fixing it.

Read my health issue paper.

Speeches and media

Closing the gap with respect [February 26, 2020]

Supporting paid parental leave [February 25, 2020]

Resilient Walwa, great nurse [February 6, 2020]

Haines welcomes NDIS review [January 24, 2020]

Aged care report appalls us all [November 25, 2019]

Home care delivery a priority [October 21, 2019]

First speech [August 1, 2019]