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Australian Health Reforms Will Continue

Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon has publicly reconfirmed the Health Ministry's commitment to leading the government's ambitious health reform agenda. Her September 11, 2010, media statement highlighted a "focus on better delivery of health services through improved GP clinics, modernized hospitals, an expanded medical and nursing workforce, better after-hours services, and unleashing the benefits of e-health and telemedicine." She also officially announced the appointments of Mark Butler to the new Ministry of Mental Health and Ageing and Catherine King as Parliamentary Secretary for Health. According to the statement, the new health team will continue working with doctors, nurses, and health professionals across practices and locations and will focus on implementing existing reforms. The second-term health care agenda will focus on reform for aging care, mental health, and dental services.


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