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
The Rudd Labor Government supports work related self-education