National Issues

Health

The Coalition Government is committed to providing Australians with world class health care.

Hospital Funding

The Government has provided an additional $2.9 billion in public hospital funding over the next three years (an increase of up to 6.5% a year) through an agreement with the states and territories that places greater focus on patient outcomes, particularly when it comes to caring for patients with chronic and complex needs.

Healthier Medicare

The Government is strengthening Medicare through the new Health Care Homes initiative, which will better coordinate comprehensive care for chronically ill patients.

GPs will be able to coordinate the medical, allied health and out-of-hospital services required by chronically ill patients on an ongoing basis to help manage their conditions, and in doing so keep them out of hospital.

From 1 July 2017, 65,000 Australians will initially participate in this program at up to 200 medical practices across Australia, ahead of a full national rollout.

Primary Health Networks

The Government has introduced a system of Primary Health Networks to identify local health needs, improve patient access to primary care services and improve co-ordination with local hospitals and community services.

The Government has established 31 Private Health Networks around Australia to improve access to local health services, by investing close to $1 billion.

$800,000 FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL HELP ACROSS GIPPSLAND

Young people suffering substance misuse and their loved ones will be the focus of two new support programs beginning in Gippsland this month. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today welcomed news Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) had received $800,000...

REGISTERED TICK TO SUPPORT ROYAL FLYING DOCTORS

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has been given the ‘big tick’ as an authenticated charity which the community is encouraged to support. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the RFDS had been recognised with an Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit...

FUN RUN CHALLENGE IS ON AGAIN!

It’s been getting harder and harder for Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester to find time in his schedule to lace up his running shoes and pound the pavement. While that’s not good news for Mr Chester’s fitness, it’s great for Gippsland Rotary Centenary House...

HEALTH CHAMPION FOR THOSE LIVING BEYOND OUR CITIES

Australians living outside the major cities will soon have a high-profile, independent health champion to advocate for changes to improve their health. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today warmly welcomed the announcement there would soon be a National...

DELIVERING REHABILIATION SERVICES FOR GIPPSLAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced funding during the Federal Election campaign for the Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) to improve treatment services for those affected by the drug ‘ice’. He recently met with Gippsland PHN CEO Marianne...

LATROBE CITY COUNCIL IN CANBERRA TO ADVANCE PRIORITY PROJECTS

Mayor Michael Rossiter and General Manager Sarah Cumming met with Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Minister for Cities Angus Taylor on Thursday at Parliament House. The meetings were arranged by Member for Gippsland Darren Chester as the council...

CHEAPER MEDICINES FROM OCTOBER 1

“Patients across Gippsland will benefit greatly. “Some people suffering multiple chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure and eye disease are set to save as much as $400 per year on their medicine scripts.” The quoted figure of $400 per year...

MID REPRESENTATIVE AT DAIRY INDUSTRY MEETING

“It’s vital that our region has representation at this symposium to work with government and industry to design long-term solutions that will help our dairy sector prosper into the future,” he said. “I thank Iain for volunteering his time to make sure our region is a...

SKY AM AGENDA — INTERVIEW WITH KIERAN GILBERT — 12 JULY 2016

KIERAN GILBERT:So do you agree with Matt Canavan that the Nats basically saved the Liberals in this campaign? DARREN CHESTER:Well, I don’t put it quite like that. I mean we form a Coalition Government. Our contribution to that is going to be 16 lower house seats. So,...

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