23 December 2020
Regional Australia has done exceptionally well in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and we are in a great position going into next year thanks to our world class health workforce.
Federal Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton said the rural workforce – including doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals – has continually risen to the challenges of COVID-19.
“I want to particularly thank the health workers who maintained essential services in rural and remote communities during a time of great uncertainty and under considerable pressure,” Minister Coulton said.
“For many, it meant additional time away from their families and making a personal sacrifice to ensure their communities and rural Australia more broadly remained safe.
“Australia’s rural health care workers have shouldered a great burden to deliver high quality care during this crisis for the benefit of all Australians.”
“The past year has thrown up many challenges, including drought, fires, floods and the pandemic which our health system has responded to and supported communities through.”
Minister Coulton said while there were currently small outbreaks, the Federal Government’s sustained response to the pandemic, in close cooperation with states and territories and health professionals, has been extremely successful in containing the virus.
“Our management of this crisis means our world class health system was not overwhelmed by the virus.
“Australia, particularly regional Australia, has fared extremely well in comparison to the rest of the world. All Australians have played their part in helping to stop the spread of this virus.
Minister Coulton said it was important to remain vigilant and COVID-safe over Christmas and beyond to help maintain our extraordinary success.
“While many are feeling tired at the end of a long, difficult year, we should spare a thought for those who will continue to provide vital health care over the holidays,” he said.
“I extend my thanks and acknowledge the many frontline health staff who will continue to work throughout the festive season to safeguard the health of all Australians, now and into the future.”