Remote Area Nursing To Be Discussed At COAG

Remote Area Nursing To Be Discussed At COAG

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

Health Minister To Fight For Every Health Dollar At COAG

Victor P Taffa

Council Of Australian Governments (COAG)

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles travels today to Canberra for the National Health Ministerial Council.

The Northern Territory Government will use this opportunity to fight for every possible dollar of health funding on a national stage.

Topics for discussion at COAG will be:

  • Safe and high quality care for end of life
  • Public dental services for children and adults
  • Ways to limit the impact of unhealthy food and drinks to battle childhood obesity
  • Button battery safety

“Also of particular importance to the Territory will be the government’s alcohol policies and a shift to more community control of Indigenous health services.” Ms. Fyles said.

“I will also be pushing for the delivery of the PET scanner at the Alan Walker Cancer Centre and for the Palmerston Hospital to be open as soon as possible.”

“The Territory Government wants the PET scanner delivered. I look forward to discussing it with Federal Health Minister Susann Ley and getting the PET scanner delivered as soon as possible.”

Ms. Fyles will also discuss the safety of remote area nurses with other states, particularly with South Australia, with whom we share a number of remote health staff.

“The tragic death of Gayle Woodford earlier this year was a reminder of the potential dangers of remote nursing.” Ms. Fyles said.

The Northern Territory Government is conducting a review into the safety of remote area nurses, the results of which will be released before the end of this year.


Council Of Australian Governments (COAG)

COAG used to be named Premiers Conferences and were great financial barneys between the money hungry Federal Government and money starved States including most notably

  • New South Wales Liberal Premier Sir Robert Askin,
  • Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen,
  • South Australia Labor Premier Don Dunstan,
  • Tasmania Liberal Premier Robin Gray,
  • Victoria Liberal Premier Sir Henry Bolte,
  • Western Australia Liberal Premier Sir Charles Court,

When The Northern Territory is granted Statehood, Australia will have 7 States and then possibly COAG can revert to being called Premiers Conferences again.

COAG has a cold heartless tone to what should be warm, fruitful meetings between all 7 States and the Federal Government.

If Australia ever abolished State Governments all you would get is a transaction of monies between the Federal Government and 800 Councils with the Federal Government and all 800 Mayors and 800 General Managers meeting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

No other venue would be large enough to hold such a meeting.

This meeting would be so unwieldy and would not achieve anything in a short timeframe.

Due to the geographical size of Australia it is far more economical to maintain 3 tiers of Government and distribute monies with as little exchange of hands as possible.