Local, Independant and Effective
October 20, 2014

Government should retain Albury-Wodonga Health border

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has urged the Government to re-think the proposed Murray Primary Health Network boundary change announced in the shake-up of the Medicare Local arrangement. 

Ms McGowan learnt of this proposed change last Friday. Taking the first opportunity in Parliament today, she asked the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, to consider keeping the current Albury-Wodonga cross border arrangement.

“This is an outstanding example of how a cross-border service can work successfully for our communities,” Ms McGowan said.

“The continuation of this efficient health provider in Albury-Wodonga Health is important for the people accessing the service.”

Ms McGowan said if the boundary change was adopted, this would ruin years of hard work to align and deliver an effective cross-border health entity.

Following Question Time, Ms McGowan delivered a letter to Mr Dutton on behalf of Hume Medicare Local, seeking an urgent appointment to discuss the issue.

Ms McGowan’s question and Mr Dutton’s response can be viewed here.



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