Senate debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Questions without Notice


2:05 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you, Senator Payman, for the question. We on this side understand that the pandemic made clear that governments need to work together to deliver the care Australians deserve. That's why our government committed $100 million to co-develop and pilot innovative ways to improve care with states and territories. In Queensland the government is using the funding to expand its Care Collective initiative. This will improve coordination in the health system, specifically for people living with chronic and complex healthcare needs. In Western Australia the nurse practitioner and team based care pilot will fund 20 nurse practitioners over two years, who will work with other—

I'll take the interjection from the other side. I would have thought you'd be interested in what's happening in Western Australia and Queensland, but clearly not. These practitioners will work with other health professionals to diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions, and their services will be free.


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