Monday 22nd October 2007
Part of Labor’s health plan includes an extra $220 million to establish GP super clinics in local communities in order to bolster frontline health services for families.
The super clinics would provide access to doctors, nurses, specialists and allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, podiatrists, dieticians and psychologists in one centre.
Some of the funding would pay for administrative and nursing support that would make the super clinics attractive to new graduates, trainees and GP registrars.
Labor says this is to encourage health workers into regions where there are workforce shortages, particularly in rural and regional areas.
Kevin Rudd said the super clinics were part of a plan to end the blame game on health and provide local solutions within a consistent national strategy.
‘Australia needs a systematic approach to fixing the health system; not just one-off policies for marginal electorates,’ he said.
‘Labor understands that taking the pressure off hospitals requires ensuring good-quality health services in local communities. And through bolstering Commonwealth investment in primary care by supporting new GP super clinics, we’re prepared to do our part.’