• Hannah Phillips

SA Libs Set Sights on Country Health

Health professionals and skilled volunteers would be recruited, trained and developed to address gaps in SA's regional health workforce, under a $20 million proposed election plan from the state Liberals.

Member for Flinders, Peter Treloar joined Anita on the Country Viewpoint for more information.

According to a statement from the South Australian Liberal Party, the $20 million plan would:

• 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.

However, as Mr Treloar suggested, plans are not yet concrete, and "everything's on the table" in regards to the proposal and how medical staff would be encouraged to work in regional areas.

Flow FM will continue to keep you up to date with election plans and promises from all sides of politics, as the state election draws closer.