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    David Townsend

    All of the issues raised above have obvious merit. However apart from the always insightful Tim Senior, I see very little mention of health training & education, workforce planning or future workforce shortages on that list. We can’t have a thriving and viable health system without a sustainable workforce.

    My question, if I were lucky enough to get the chance to ask one, would be as follows:

    “Federally funded Universities are graduating medical, nursing and allied health students in record numbers, but the states are not providng many of them with the graduate or intern year required to complete their training.

    This is despite communities around Australia crying out for health professionals and forecasts we will be short 2700 doctors and 100,000 nurses by 2025. How will you fix the training system to ensure we get all of the health professionals we need in the areas we need them?”

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    Some other questions for both panellists on Q&A:

    1. What does your party have in mind in response to the increasing evidence for the part social determinants play in everyone’s health and wellbeing?

    2. What does your party plan to do to promote better dialogue and exchange across sectors, and to break down the barriers between healthcare and other professionals – e.g. transport, housing, community services, employment, education etc – that prevent good collaborative solutions to complex problems?

    3. Would you be prepared to have your party’s record on health judged according to this Aboriginal definition of health: “Health is not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total well-being of their Community. It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.”?

    4. Australia spends a lot of money on high technology/high medication/high cost treatment for many people towards the end of their lives. This is sometimes (often?) in spite of the wishes people have made clear in advanced care directives. Many of us fear being subjected to such treatment. One reaction to this fear is the belief that voluntary euthanasia is the only answer. What is your understanding of this major dilemma for our society?

    5. As Nicola Roxon did with Big Tobacco, are you willing to take on pharmaceutical, food and drink manufacturers in cases where the evidence is clear on the harm some of their products cause?

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    Melissa Sweet

    Melissa Sweet

    This additional question is from Fiona Armstrong of the Climate and Health Alliance:

    Minister Plibersek and Shadow Minister Dutton: Health and medical experts around the world agree that the biggest threat to global public health this century is climate change.

    A recent report, using data from the UN, World Bank and IPCC reports, found climate change and the carbon intensive global economy was responsible for five million deaths in 2010 and cost the world$1.2 trillion.

    These costs are predicted to double by 2030. How will each of you respond to this threat to protect the health of the Australian people?”

    References: ws/country-specific-climate-vulnerability-data-now-online.html


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