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Catholic Health joins Rural Alliance

Catholic Health Australia's 17 rural hospital members have joined the National Rural Health Alliance, the peak national body that works to improve the health of Australians living in rural and remote areas.

"Our commitment to invest human and commercial resources in the health care of rural populations is long standing," CHA's CEO Francis Sullivan said yesterday. "Health care is an essential element of any community's social fabric and access to timely care is vital."

"The future requires sustainable partnerships between all levels of government and particularly non profit health care organisations," he said. "The promise of universal access to health care belongs to country people as much as to those in the big cities."

"Rural health care must be a major component of the forthcoming Australian Health Care Agreements and imaginative ways to encourage and sustain non government run health services must figure prominently in the outcome."

Making the commitment on behalf of CHA, Mr Sullivan also called on all levels of government to "seriously get behind the health care interests of rural and remote Australians".

Hospital members involved include:

Calvary Health Care Riverina
Lourdes Hospital, Dubbo
Mater Misericordiae Hospital Bundaberg
Mater Misericordiae Hospital Gladstone
Mater Misericordiae Hospital Mackay
Mater Misericordiae Hospital Rockhampton
Mater Misericordiae Hospital Yeppoon
Mercy Health Services Albury
St John of God Health Care Ballarat
St John of God Health Care Bunbury
St John of God Health Care Geelong
St John of God Health Care Geraldton
St John of God Health Care Warnambool
St John of God Health Services Goulburn
St Vincent's Health Service Bathurst
St Vincent's Hospital Lismore
St Vincent's Hospital Toowoomba

Catholic Health Australia

Catholic Health Australia
National Rural Health Alliance

25 Oct 2002