Northern Minister for Health Natasha Fyles
Health COAG And Working Towards Better Outcomes For Territorians
Victor P Taffa
Better health outcomes for Territorians was high on the agenda for Health Minister Natasha Fyles at the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Health meeting today.
Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the Territory Government would continue to work closely with other jurisdictions and the Federal Government to make sure all Territorians have access quality health care regardless of where they live.
“Territory Government knows that investing in health will not only improve the lifestyles of Territorians but reduce the burden on acute services and deliver long-term savings.” Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said.
“Meeting of Health Ministers from all Australian jurisdictions is an important opportunity to make sure the Territory has a voice in the development of policies and programs that affect all Territorians.”
Remote area nurse safety was on the agenda, with Minister Fyles talking about the steps already introduced in the Northern Territory to improve the security of nurses, including no longer having single nurse posts and ensuring nurses do not attend incidents alone at night.
Issue of the emerging trend of non-nicotine vaping was also an agenda item.
Ministers tasked Chief Medical Officers from each jurisdiction to urgently review non-nicotine vaping and cigarettes following data from the US linking deaths and rising numbers of hospital admissions to vaping.
Ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining existing restrictions on nicotine vaping products. In the Northern Territory, these products are treated to the same restrictions that govern tobacco products.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Minister Fyles was nominated, and accepted, the chairmanship of Health COAG for the next year.