Media Release from The Hon Mark Coulton MP

The Hon. Mark Coulton MP - MEDIA RELEASE - 23 September 2019

Minister Coulton has said the Government have demonstrated a commitment to rural and remote communities by implementing, a number of initiatives including a NRGP, to attract and retain highly skilled rural generalists into country communities, and that they have committed $62.2 million in the 2019-20 Budget to start implementing aspects of the Pathway following recommendations from the National Rural Health Commissioner in December 2018.

“As the Rural Health Minister, I am strongly committed to improving access to health services, particularly in rural and remote areas, and that’s why supporting the full delivery of the Pathway is so important.”

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health’s (SARRAH) acting chief executive Catherine Maloney said allied health professionals played an important role in rural health care.

“A major theme that has come from the discussions is rural generalism and part of the recommendations made by the Rural Health Commissioner involves the expansion of the allied health rural generalist pathway, and SARRAH would be involved in promoting this nationally over the next couple of years,” Ms Maloney said.

“This is a means to improve access to allied health services, by strengthening the rural health workforce in allied health professions in rural communities.”

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“I’m committed to working with the sector to look at more innovative and modern approaches to delivering health services into rural and remote areas.”

Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, Mark Coulton with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Vice President, Associate Professor Dr Ayman Shenouda (left) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine President, Associate Professor Dr Ewen McPhee (right) at the roundtable.