National Rural Health Strategy

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Labor supports the development of a national rural health strategy so there is clear and targeted action towards closing the gap in health outcomes between Australians living in rural areas and their metropolitan peers.

Regional, rural and remote Australians have much higher levels of serious illness, chronic disease and lower life expectancy than city dwellers.

The differences can often be directly attributed to poorer access to health services including early detection of illness through widely used screening tests.

Labor’s plan for a National Rural Health Strategy recognises the challenges that rural and regional Australians face which require more targeted support.

It will help achieve this goal of all levels of Government working more closely together, to reduce fragmentation and duplication.