Health policy – first roll out of better care

Priority: Improving health care across the region is on Schubert MP Stephan Knoll's agenda ahead of next year's state election.

Priority: Improving health care across the region is on Schubert MP Stephan Knoll's agenda ahead of next year's state election.

A new health policy announced by the Liberals in June is set to strengthen and support community-wide health and prevention services, according to Schubert MP Stephan Knoll.

‘Better Prevention – A Healthy South Australia’ is one of a number of health policies to be launched ahead of the March 2018 election. 

“We realise that whilst we are living longer, we are also heavier and we are exercising less. Essentially we need to continue to push prevention,” Mr Knoll said.

“We realise we need to get back to looking at how we live healthier lives and try to slow or lower presentations made to a hospital.”

While the announcement does not highlight the Barossa hospital desperately sought by the community, Mr Knoll said the policy would play a vital role in making positive changes.

“A Barossa hospital would save money, especially when the last business case revealed a million dollars was spent on maintenance upgrades. It’s costing so much, a new collating service would save money,” Mr Knoll said.

“The fact we are going to create regional health boards which moves back to localised decision making is pleasing.”

Meanwhile Stuart MP Dan Van Holst Pellekaan was also seeking better health care services across his electorate, and last week announced the ‘Investing in Country Health policy’.

This was expected to address the decade long $150 million country hospital capital works and maintenance backlog experienced across all SA regions.

He explained that in the recent state budget handed down by the Labor government, it made much of a $1.1 billion health spend – yet there was not one dollar for capital investment in country hospitals.

Mr Van Holst Pellekaan added the key part of this policy would work to achieve more respect of the strong role played by communities who support regional hospitals and health facilities.

This includes ensuring money raised in communities is spent in communities and acting with urgency to address high risk repairs and maintenance within country hospitals.