Health & mental health Policy
The Australian health system is world-leading, but is under ongoing threat due to misfocussed funding, workforce shortages, and community access to services, particularly in rural and remote regions.
What we know
Between public and private hospitals, the primary health system, allied health, community mental health and other services seeking to support individuals and families across our community, there are still people who struggle to access health services. We know that:
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, around 11 million people living in Australia are living with a chronic disease, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and arthritis, with one in three presentations to hospitals due to preventable, chronic diseases.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and financially disadvantaged people, are more likely to live [...]