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Health is a key topic of concern

Northern Argus

CANDIDATES in the Frome electorate have addressed their policies on health in the lead up to the state election.

Liberal candidate Kendall Jackson said the party was focused on developing a plan to recruit health professionals and volunteers to country health services. Addressing high risk repairs and maintenance is also a priority.

Mrs Jackson said a Liberal government would help improve chemotherapy facilities in Frome. “A Marshall Liberal Government will double the chemotherapy delivered in regional South Australia,” she said. “In Frome, this will improve the chemo facilities in Clare and Port Pirie. “We will employ more chemotherapy nurses, appoint a second medical oncologist for country chemotherapy services and increase pharmacy support.”

Dignity candidate Cat Connor said the Party wanted to see greater emphasis and investment in community delivered preventative health strategies. Increased funding for transport and accommodation for rural patients treated in Adelaide and improved access to accommodation for families was also a priority.

Greens candidate Paul Birkwood said that a way was needed to prevent the increasing cost of healthcare. “The Greens believe that spending on good health is as important as treating ill health,” he said. “The key is to focus on prevention. Keeping people of all ages healthy, out of hospital and active in the community for as long as possible makes clear sense.”

Independent candidate Geoff Brock said he would lobby for an audit of all hospitals in Frome regarding maintenance. Mr Brock was previously successful in getting a commitment of $140 million in funding for maintenace of regional hospitals. He said he will also lobby for staff trained in mental health and suicide prevention to be stationed in the Clare and Port Pirie hospitals.

Labor candidate Annette Elliot said the Party was committed to providing free meningoccoal and flu vaccinations. “A re-elected Labor Government will provide free meningococcal vaccination for all South Australian children under five,” she said. “We’ll now call for flu vaccine for young children to be added too – ensuring they are free for Australian families.” She also said Labor will work with medical professionals to ensure improved access to medical cannabis.