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Welcome to the health professionals attending Health Workforce Australia 2013 Conference, [speech]



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THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

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WELCOME TO HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ATTENDING HEALTH WORKFORCE AUSTRALIA 2013 CONFERENCE IN ADELAIDE TODAY

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Amanda Rishworth today welcomed the health professionals attending the Health Workforce Australia 2013 Conference to Adelaide.

Australia is facing health workforce challenges and coupled with the demands of an ageing population, it is more important than ever that we as a nation plan for a sustainable health workforce for the future.

The conference is being run by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) which was established by the previous Labor Government through COAG to address the challenges of providing a skilled, flexible and innovative health workforce that meets the needs of the Australian community into the future.

“It is great that local and international leaders in the healthcare sector will be sharing their expertise and knowledge in Adelaide,” Ms Rishworth said.

“It is of utmost importance that Australia plans for its future needs and I commend the work of HWA in organising this event.

“I am pleased that the conference is being held in my home town of Adelaide, near the new world-class health precinct which is set to become a world leading research and training hub.

“It is important that HWA can continue to coordinate national programs such as this conference to ensure that Australia is prepared to meet our health workforce needs for the future.”

“Ms Rishworth said Health Minister Peter Dutton has failed to rule out the prospect of abolishing HWA, putting the national approach to health workforce planning at risk.

“I again today call upon the Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton to rule out abolishing the Health Workforce Australia agency.”

MONDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2013

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