The Budget does provide opportunities for ACEM and for Members to engage with these initiatives, at a systems and local level, to ensure emergency physicians’ expertise influences and shapes their planning, development and implementation.
The Budget does outline commitments in relation to hospital funding, mental health, aged care, workforce planning and distribution, research and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Overall, the Budget reflects government prioritising community based health service delivery, improved oversight of the current service system and investment in rural and regional areas.
Initiatives to address workforce maldistribution is a priority for the College. We will be strongly engaging with government and key stakeholders to ensure our perspective is informing and influencing the work to be undertaken stemming from this Budget.
Download the College’s 2018-19 Federal Budget Summary.