The NRHA has been invited to attend a forum on federalism and health hosted by the Commonwealth Government. The Government has recently released a White Paper on federalism, which can be found here.
We would very much like to hear your views on some key questions relating to federalism, in particular its impact on rural and remote health. These questions are provided in the attached document, along with a brief summary of the issue and the matters covered in the White Paper.
Federalism is a very important and contentious issue in health, but there is very little Australian research or analysis available to inform policymaking. This means that your views will be very valuable for us as we prepare for the forum (in Wagga Wagga on 27 February). If you have views on any or all of the questions, could you please send your responses to me by 16 February. We will then compile the responses and feed your views back to the Government.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact with me (details below).
Dr Anne-marie Boxall, Senior Policy Adviser National Rural Health Alliance
NOTE: Prof Judi Walker is happy to collate your response to the questions posed in the attached papers if you will get them to her by Monday 9 February.