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Luncheon Meeting

Thursday 2nd November, 2017

'Bridging the gap of health inequity and access in Rural Australia'


Featured Speaker:

Hon Dr David Gillespie MP

Federal Assistant Minister of Health


Introduction by:

Senator David Fawcett

Senator for South Australia



Goyder Pavilion Mezzanine – Adelaide Showground, Wayville

(Location: Enter from Food Court located between the Goyder and Wayville Pavilions)


12.00 noon for 12.30pm


$60.00 (Members)   $70.00 (Non Members)

(Includes complimentary wine by the glass from the bar – courtesy of the RA&HS)
(Drinks other than the complimentary RA&HS wines are available at the cash bar at individual’s expense)
(Payment: EFT on web site or cash/cheque at door.  Credit card facilities unavailable.  No invoices issued)




Bob Snewin  -  0418 531 402

(All bookings via the RMSA Web Site please)

Reply by:

Friday 27th October

(People who book but fail to attend will be invoiced)



The community of South Australia has gained enormous benefit from record levels of public and private investment in health, which has delivered significant new infrastructure including the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the University of Adelaide’s new building housing its Medical & Dental School and the SAHMRI 2 new cancer proton therapy facility.  However while the Federal Coalition Government provided $68 million of new funding for these and many other health initiatives, most are primarily focussed on the major urban centre.

Provision of health services in rural and regional South Australia is battling to meet the increasing needs of these communities.  In many areas of the state, the primary issue rests with attraction and retention of high quality health professionals, including specialist services.  Regional hospitals struggle to maintain their healthcare amenities and services at a satisfactory level, while rural patients sent to Adelaide for treatment experience financial and social issues.

As the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie has responsibility to deliver the Federal Coalition Government’s election commitment to develop initiatives addressing the shortfall in medical and health professionals in rural, regional and remote areas. With first-hand personal experience in public and privately managed health delivery, Dr Gillespie is particularly focused on ensuring Australia’s health system is in a position to deliver high quality, cost-effective care in an affordable and fiscally sustainable manner.

Dr Gillespie is due to announce the key to this reform - appointment of Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner as an independent and high-profile advocate for regional, rural and remote health. It is believed the new position will be responsible for the creation of dedicated pathway to train rural generalists, those country health professionals who have far broader skills than the typical GP.


Entry to Adelaide Showground and Parking

The RA&HS now charges for visitor parking at Adelaide Showground events.  However RMSA has arranged for parking in the Leader Street Car Park #2 at the discounted rate of $4.00 (normally $10.00).  To obtain the discounted rate, guests must arrive at this car park after 10.00am and depart prior to 3.00pm.  Take a ticket from the boom on entry and pay at the payment machine next to Leader Street Gate prior to returning to the car.

Hon Dr David Gillespie MP

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