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Monday, 25 May 2009
Page: 4225

Debate resumed, on motion byMr Ripoll:

That the House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   chronic disease is one of the country’s most critical health challenges;

(b)   more than 50 per cent of the Australian population already suffers from a chronic or long term condition of some form; and

(c)   the rise of these diseases poses both a major risk to the long term health of millions of Australians and a frontline economic challenge; and

(2)   supports:

(a)   the Government’s continued commitment to preventative health strategies and closing the gap in indigenous life expectancy;

(b)   initiatives to support the role of the primary care system on our local communities; and

(c)   the increased role the private sector currently plays in delivering health and medical services.