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Growing our rural health workforce

The State Liberals have announced a $20 million investment in country health to overcome a dangerous shortage of health practitioners with advanced skills in regional South Australia.

The ongoing viability of country health services is under threat after 16 years of Labor Government. That neglect will end on day one of a Marshall Liberal Government.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will recruit, train and develop the health professionals and skilled volunteers needed to deliver country health services,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“A well trained, committed and valued health workforce is essential to delivering the medical services that underpin the viability of many country communities.”

The $20 million State Liberal plan will:

  • Double the number of medical interns in the country;
  • Allocate teaching hospital funding to country LHNs to enable those LHNs to negotiate cooperative shared training arrangements with metropolitan LHNs;
  • Support the recruitment and retention of resident specialists in country South Australia through the engagement of interns, registrars and medical officers with specialist skills;
  • Develop Registered Nurse/Midwife collaborative graduate programs in regional, rural and remote South Australia;
  • Encourage rural and remote Registered Midwives to undertake training for dual registration;
  • Ensure the Ambulance Service accommodates the changing employment and volunteering patterns in rural and regional areas, and
  • Strengthen Aboriginal Health Worker and Allied Health Professional training opportunities across rural and remote South Australia.

“Today’s announcement follows yesterday’s commitment to a $7 million upgrade the Emergency Department at the Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital,” said Mr Wade.

“Only the State Liberals have a comprehensive plan to improve health services in country SA.”