Australia to Improve Rural Healthcare Services

18 October 2009 (Last Updated October 18th, 2009 18:30)

The Australian Government has made improving healthcare services in rural areas of Australia its top priority in the national health reform programme. A total of $189.6m (AU$206m) has been allotted to deal with the shortage of clinical staff and to provide better training and support fo

The Australian Government has made improving healthcare services in rural areas of Australia its top priority in the national health reform programme.

A total of $189.6m (AU$206m) has been allotted to deal with the shortage of clinical staff and to provide better training and support for the rural and remote health workforce.

The government has also announced a $123.7m (AU$134.4m) four-year package of incentives and reforms to encourage doctors to work in Australia's rural and remote communities.

Funds of $91.6m (AU$99.7m) will be provided over two years from 2008 to 2010 to expand primary primary healthcare services, regional reforms, capital and infrastructure, and building workforce capacity in rural areas.