More Community Health Care Now, That's The Remedy For Our Ailing Hospitals

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Media Release

Attention: news, health, industrial relations, politics

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


More community health care now, that’s the remedy for our

ailing hospitals - ANF


In response to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report on

hospitals, Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) said the best remedy for

Australia’s hospitals is to keep people out of them.  


“Hospital waiting lists will continue to blow out unless governments act now to give

Australians access to quick and effective health care in their communities,” ANF

federal secretary Ged Kearney said.


The ANF want community health centers expanded to all areas of Australia.


“Let’s get working on building community health centres where people can get

quick and effective health care from a range of health professionals, appropriate to

the needs of each community,” Ms Kearney said. “If there is a young community

with lots of new families emphasise maternity services and maternal and child

health care, if it is older have more aged care services.”


We need community health care centres that will not only treat illnesses but can

also keep people healthy through:


Community health and lifestyle programs;

Managing chronic disease; and

Targeted health services.

The report shows that 9% of hospital admissions are preventable, keeping people

out of hospital is the thing that will reduce the pressure.



Media inquiries


Ged Kearney, ANF federal secretary 


0417 053 322

Lee Thomas, ANF assistant federal secretary 

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Libby Muir, ANF communications officer 


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