8 February 2017
Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner will be an independent and high-profile advocate for regional, rural and remote health.
The Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, will introduce the Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017 into the House of Representatives to establish the role of the Commissioner as part of important reforms to regional and rural health in Australia.
The Commissioner will be established as a statutory officer holder under the Health Insurance Act 1973.
“The people of regional, rural and remote Australia are the heart and soul of our country, but their health outcomes are often diminished due to their remoteness and reduced access to health services,” Minister Gillespie said.