Healthcare

The Full Medicare

  • The Australian Progressives will guarantee government-owned and provided Medicare and reverse funding cuts for common procedures.

  • The Australian Progressives will reform the health care sector to improve service delivery costs and focus on preventative health outcomes.

  • The Australian Progressives will include Dental procedures in Medicare.

  • The Australian Progressives support the provision of full mental health coverage in Medicare.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to reduce out of pocket costs for cancer patients.

  • The Australian Progressives will legislate for medical coverage under Medicare for gender dysphoria services.

  • The Australian Progressives will close the water fluoridation gap.

Health Services

  • The Australian Progressives will guarantee Hearing Australia and other asset health services are not privatised.

Health Funding

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to build a long term Health Funding model to take Commonwealth-State politics out of the picture and provide long term guaranteed health services for all Australians.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to increase health research funding for age-related health issues to tackle issues arising as a result of Australia’s ageing population.

Mental Health

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to provide funding to increase regional and rural services.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to add and improve mental health education in school syllabuses.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to provide increased preventive mental health services to reduce reliance on hospitals.

Drug reform

  • The Australian Progressives will end the “War on Drugs” and transition the Australian Government from viewing drugs as a criminal issue, to a health-centered focus for people with drug addiction, and recreational users.

  • The Australian Progressives support responsible regulation around drugs for recreational, industrial, scientific or medical use.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to decriminalise and map the transition to legalisation and taxation.
  • The Australian Progressives support expansions on current alcohol and tobacco legislation as appropriate.

  • The Australian Progressives support the medical use of drugs, as per evidence.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to end public sniffer dog searches and limit strip search rights.

  • The Australian Progressives support graduated regulation on an evidence based harm minimisation approach.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to evaluate the evidence for benefits as well as mitigation of the risks/negatives with various drugs.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to fund medical and public health research into health benefits and harm mitigation.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

  • The Australian Progressives support policy to create a new pharmaceutical production facility to supply “off patent” pharmaceuticals and sell at just above the cost price in order to make the PBS more sustainable and create room for new medications to be introduced into the PBS.

  • The Australian Progressives support a policy of listing every drug recommended by independent experts on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Health service provision

  • The Australian Progressives support targeted upgrades to all public hospitals and allied health services infrastructure to assure minimum health care standards, especially in regional and remote areas

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to reorient health services provision infrastructure to help support a flexible and adaptable approach to health services delivery in regional and remote areas, including the construction or upgrade of flexible health service centres in targeted regional cities.

Aged Care

  • The Australian Progressives support policy that would improve access to aged healthcare services.


Organ Donation

  • The Australian Progressives support a single national organ-donation registry to create easy ability to register all donation wishes.

  • The Australian Progressives support a move to a presumed consent model, with the ability to opt out.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies that prioritise registered organ donors in equal medical need cases.

  • The Australian Progressives support the creation of a donor leave allowance for living donors.


Vaccinations

  • The Australian Progressives support vaccination programs as an effective and proven means of preventing avoidable illnesses with minimal risk and enormous benefit.

  • The Australian Progressives will establish a National lifetime immunisation registry and reminder service.

  • The Australian Progressives will require an up-to-date vaccination record for any child to be enrolled in all early childhood education services or any school.

  • The Australian Progressives will require truthful advertising around vaccination information.

  • The Australian Progressives will restore the AusAID vaccination work in developing countries to help lessen the risk of disease elsewhere in the globe.

  • The Australian Progressives will develop a program to encourage travel vaccinations. 

  • The Australian Progressives will establish a “no fault” compensation scheme for vaccination injuries.


Health Insurance

  • The Australian Progressives will hold a root-and-branch parliamentary review of the health insurance industry and related hospital funding arrangements.

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