The NT Government will be pushing for improved health services and a fair share of funding at today’s National Health Ministerial Council in Sydney.
The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles (pictured) said Territorians want and deserve to have access to high quality health services and delivering this is critical to meeting national targets on Closing the Gap.
“The Territory’s population suffers higher rates of illness and chronic disease than other jurisdictions and much of our population is spread across a vast region that is difficult and expensive to service,” she said.
“These higher costs must be reflected in the funding model.”
Minister Fyles said the Federal Government has committed to providing outstanding funding from the 2015/16 budget ($15.2 Million).
“This is an important step and paves the way for genuine negotiations going forward,” she said.
“I look forward to hearing an update on the new health agreement this week.”
Other topics for discussion at COAG include:
- Mandatory Reporting Requirements under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law
- Endometriosis Action Plan for research, awareness and clinical management
- Review of Australian organ donation, retrieval and transplantation sector
- Increasing the Minimum legal age of tobacco purchase to 21
- Digital Health Update
- Electronic Reporting and Recording of Controlled Drugs
Minister Fyles said the review of Australian organ donation, retrieval and transplantation sector is of particular importance in the Territory to look at how we can increase the number of Territory organ donor recipients.
The COAG meeting wraps up today.