Regional health needs regional policies

The State government needs to recognise the policy measures required for rural and remote healthcare are distinct from urban needs, according to the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).  "Whoever wins must listen and consult with people, rather than impose things from Macquarie Street," said NRHA chief executive Gordon Gregory.  There are workforce shortages and the more remote the community the more the shortages are," he said. "The more specialised the service is, the greater the shortage - but that is to be expected in a smaller community.

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