Equality of access to healthcare, with policies supporting attracting medical practitioners and staff to regional areas.
Everybody is entitled to the same level of access to health services. Yet some communities have more than they need and others struggle. Areas near ski fields fare well while those in the wheat belt do not.
More needs to be done to attract medical professionals to rural communities. We would support any initiative that is aimed at addressing this disparity.
An overhaul of Victoria’s failing mental health services.
The importance of mental health services wasn’t recognised until over the last 20 or 30 years. There is a disparity between rural and metropolitan access to mental health services. Some of the policies have gone too far and patients have fallen through the cracks. We believe an overhaul of our system is needed.
The provision of clean drinking water to all remote communities.
The bulk of our politicians come from the urban area where being able to have a glass of drinkable water isn’t an issue. Yet many communities still don’t have access to clean drinking water.
Making clean drinking water available to every house isn’t practical but there is still much more that could be done for whole communities that don’t have access to clean drinking water. We would support any initiative that is aimed at revisiting the question of access by merit, not electoral location.
Improved availability of, and resources for, ambulance services.
The further you live away from communities the longer it will take an ambulance to arrive. Yet the time it takes ambulances to arrive in urban and country areas is disproportionate to the time it takes closer to our major cities. We want more ambulances in outer urban and regional areas.