Nationals Federal Conference backs regional health

The Nationals Federal Conference has backed two key health policy recommendations to alleviate workforce issues in Regional Australia, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says. The Conference unanimously supported reintroducing a stronger “on the job” hospital-based nurse education requirement for regional nursing students, which would allow students to study and start work earlier…

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Labor pulling the plug on bipartisanship to rip water out of communities

The Albanese Labor Government’s revised Murray Darling Basin Plan has pulled the plug on years of bipartisanship and will leave basin communities in ruin, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. Water Minister Tanya Plibersek’s amendments to the plan will extend the deadline for its delivery until December 2027 and reintroduce dreaded water buybacks. “River communities…

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Labor’s IR reforms risk Mallee jobs

Labor’s latest industrial relations reforms risk employers being forced to let staff go, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. “The government needs to focus on keeping Australians employed, not appeasing the unions”, Dr Webster said. The Albanese Labor Government’s proposed industrial relations changes will make life tougher for Australian businesses by increasing costs, complexity and…

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The Nationals vindicated on 60 day dispensing

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says Labor’s announcement to bring forward the 8th Community Pharmacy Agreement is an acknowledgement their 60-day dispensing policy was going to adversely impact community pharmacies and health outcomes, particularly in regional Australia. “All along I have advocated for Mallee and other regional community pharmacists who were worried…

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Health workforce review welcomed

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Dr Anne Webster has welcomed a Federal Government Review into the Australian health workforce, which is in line with the findings of her Regional Health Workforce Summit held in Mildura in March this year. Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce Review is one of the recommendations of the…

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Warning on Varroa Mite

With Varroa Mite detected on the New South Wales side of the Murray River, Member for Mallee Anne Webster is urging caution to protect Victorian biosecurity. An emergency order is barring the movement of beehives after Varroa Mites were found at Euston and further East in the Riverina. The NSW Department of Primary Industries has…

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