Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health

Australians deserve a world class health system with access to services provided by highly-skilled doctors, nurses and allied health professions.

This must be underpinned by a strong and sustainable Medicare.

Last month I organised a phone hook-up between three local doctors and two nurse practitioners, and the Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash so that our health professional could directly tell the Government about the health needs of our community.

Over the coming months, the new Health Minister Sussan Ley, who has already visited Page, will be engaging in a wide-ranging consultation on the ground with doctors and the community across the country in order to come up with sensible options to deliver appropriate Medicare reforms.

These consultations will be guided by four principles:

  • Protecting Medicare for the long-tem;
  • Ensuring bulk billing remains for vulnerable and concessional patients
  • Maintaining high-quality care and treatment for all Australians and
  • Ensuring that those who have the means to do so make a modest contribution to the cost of their care.

Like our local health services, I am committed to protecting Medicare and ensuring that it continues to provide access to high-quality health care.

Ministers Ley, Nash and I are always happy to hear the views of the medical profession, so please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any suggestions or concerns.

On Saturday 21 February 2015 Imogen's Farm Wines is sponsoring a fund raiser for the local chapter of GROW with all profits from the event assisting the orgnanisation move into their new home, Gunnawannabe, in South Lismore.

The day promises to be a sumptuous affair with an Italian feast by Roberto Contstana and dolce by Faith Newham with plenty of support from other local food and wine producers.

It may also be a riotous affair with Mandy Nolan as compere backed up by our very own Dr Harry Freeman on piano.

The afternoon is hosted by NRGPN Board member, Dr Nathan Kesteven, on his property at Whian Whian.

Tickets are available for $102.50 until 15 February but are limited to one hundred in total so don't delay.


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Mental disorders account for the third largest source of disease burden in Australia, those with severe mental illness living from 10-32 years less than the general population. This gap has grown in recent decades. It is estimated that two-thirds of these early deaths can be attributed to inadequate access to medical care, poor diets, insufficient exercise, medications that induce weight gain and subsequent lifestyle-related diseases.

So what role can exercise play in managing mental disorders, and closing this life expectancy gap?


The Australian Musculo-Skeletal Network (AMSN) was developed to provide quality inter-professional development and networking opportunities for practitioners, researchers and academics engaged in Musculo-Skeletal care.
The idea of AMSN grew out of our own frustrations at the lack of true multidisciplinary events that could be found as well as the cost and inconvenience of the CPD we had to do.  Whether it was mandatory for registration or for true interest in a professional development topic, the reality was that we lost income by having to close the Practice  and plan days of away from family.  Then we spent big money on travel, accommodation and registration fees.   Sometimes it was great to get out of town for break but mostly it was an imposition.  

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