AML Alliance puzzled by opposition's 3,000 "new" bureaucrats line

AML Alliance puzzled by opposition's 3,000 "new" bureaucrats line

08 March 2013

The AML Alliance is surprised by the Federal Oppositions claim that Medicare Locals have attracted 3,000 new bureaucrats and would like to assist the Federal Opposition to gain another perspective on Australias vital frontline health services.

AML Alliance Chair, Dr Arn Sprogis said that across the 61 Medicare Locals there are over 1700 GPs, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, speech pathologists and Aboriginal Health Workers undertaking vital work in their communities.

These frontline health professionals also include:

  • Credentialed diabetes nurse educators
  • Registered and enrolled nurses
  • Social workers
  • Physiotherapists & exercise physiologists
  • Registered & clinical psychologists
  • Nutritionists and dietitians.

These health professionals are delivering after hours services, diabetes and immunisation programs, mental health, aged care support, chronic disease management services, refugee and homelessness support and health prevention programs just to name a few, Dr Sprogis said.

Medicare Locals frontline service activities are completely consistent with the Oppositions view that services should be locally managed and regionally delivered, he said.

Medicare Locals have a key role in improving access to general practice and primary care services across the nation and this will have a critically positive impact on the future health and well being of Australians, Dr Sprogis said.