Libs Announce $1m A Year For Preventative Health


ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will establish a preventative health taskforce, and commit $1 million a year for preventative health programs. Mr Seselja said the Canberra Liberals support the intent of the National Preventative Health Strategy but recognise that it will not achieve its ambitious goals without adequate funding at a local level.

“ACT hospitals are struggling to meet the needs of Canberrans, with the longest elective surgery and emergency department waiting times in the country,” Mr Seselja said today.

“According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra has the highest prevalence of long-term health conditions in Australia.

“A Canberra Liberals Government would plan for the future by establishing an ACT Preventative Health Task Force comprising members of community health organisations, medical professionals, and ACT Health officials. This taskforce would develop a Preventative Heath Strategy for the ACT, and provide ongoing advice to government.

“We would also commit an additional $1 million each year to implement preventative health programs in Canberra,” Mr Seselja concluded.

Mr Hanson said today’s announcement is about taking a long-term approach to healthcare.

“We understand that prevention is better than cure, and that preventative health measures will help ease pressure on the health system,” Mr Hanson said.

“We are committed to preventative healthcare by addressing the causes of chronic illness, such as obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption, to give Canberrans the health system they deserve.”