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Catholic body pledges to continue fight for a fairer health system

The body representing Australia's Catholic health and aged care services has pledged to continue to advocate a fairer system during the coming year.

Advocacy for access to services and equity in service delivery in financing dominates Speaking With One Voice: Values Driven Reform the 2001-2002 Advocacy Agenda released yesterday by Catholic Health Australia (CHA).

CHA Chief Executive Officer Francis Sullivan emphasised the importance of ensuring the health system has a special concern for the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalised in our society.

"Central to the Agenda is the dignity of all people," Mr Sullivan said. "It calls for a focus on respecting life through improving the quality and accessibility of services such as palliative care and mental health care."

He added that the document stresses that essential health and aged care services are "social goods central to the social infrastructure of the Australian community".

"There are still people in our community who have only limited access to essential care," he said. "Over the next 12 months CHA will use this agenda to assess the Federal Budget, the Federal Opposition's policies and the performance of the health and aged care system."

Catholic Health Australia is the largest non government grouping of health care services.

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