Labor response to College 2013 Federal Election Manifesto for Government and Opposition


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5 September 2013

Since coming to office in 2007, Federal Labor has overseen significant increases in medical students (41 per cent) and Commonwealth-funded Specialist Training Program places (1,600 per cent by 2014, 50 per cent with at least some component in a rural location) and Australian General Practice Training (100 per cent by 2014, 50 per cent based in a rural location) places. That's also why Federal Labor recently announced $8 million to fund internships for locally trained, overseas medical students, where possible, in private, rural settings.

The Rudd Labor Government shares the concerns of the College and is strongly committed to changing Australia's drinking culture and reducing the harm from alcohol. That's why we have invested over $103 million in the National Binge Drinking Strategy to raise awareness around harm from alcohol.

Under Federal Labor's reform of the Australian health system, A National Health and Hospitals Network for Australia's Future, we introduced Activity Based Funding, the Independent Pricing Authority to pay for activity and the National Health Performance Authority to establish credible measures of performance. Federal Labor also continues to support the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to lead and coordinate health care safety and quality improvements in Australia.

The Rudd Labor Government is committed to delivering better health outcomes for all Australians - and ending the blame game between jurisdictions about where funding responsibilities lie. That's why under Federal Labor's National Health and Hospital Network, the Commonwealth took on the responsibility of implementing national standards across the country, national prices for hospital services and the majority of the funding responsibility.

The Rudd Labor Government supports work related self-education expense deductions.