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The NSW Government has opened expressions of interest for the new Regional Health Ministerial Advisory Panel, with Regional Health Minister Bronnie Taylor saying it would be integral in improving health outcomes for people across rural and regional NSW.

Sarah Thompson, a NSW Farmers member and retired occupational therapist, said country communities experienced a lower level of access to health services, and welcomed moves to improve services.

‘Regional, rural and remote communities deserve excellent health care and that’s what we want to see achieved,’ said Mrs Thompson.

Commitment, focus and funding

‘We need a commitment, focus and funding to deliver the services that are needed, and this will be a great way to let government know what those needs are.

‘Providing health services in rural and remote communities has a whole different set of challenges and we need people with those experiences to have their say on how we can build future success.’

According to the NSW Government, the inaugural appointments to the panel will be for a period of up to three years – following selection by Minister Taylor and approval by Cabinet – and will meet at least every three months.

For more information including the expression of interest form, please visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ministers/Pages/regional-health-ministerial-advisory-panel.aspx

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