AMA Welcomes National Rural Health Commissioner

The Australian Medical Association welcomes the appointment of Professor Jenny May AM as Australia’s incoming National Rural Health Commissioner.

AMA President Professor Steve Robson said Professor May was well qualified and experienced to promote better access to healthcare for Australians living in regional and rural areas.

“We know people living in regional, rural and remote areas experience health challenges including access to workforce,” he said.

“A career in rural health can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

“Professor May brings more than 35 years as a rural GP in rural, regional and remote Australia as well as overseas’ experience.”

Professor May has a deep commitment to rural communities, with extensive experience in education, training and policy development and is highly respected by all stakeholders involved in rural health care.

Professor Robson said: “We congratulate Professor May and look forward to working closely with her to provide better access to health care for people living in rural Australia.

“The AMA has a strong rural health policy platform, covering all aspects of rural health care delivery and we look forward to discussing these with Professor May when she takes over this role in September. “

Professor Robson also paid tribute to the outgoing National Rural Health Commissioner Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart.

“Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart has been a real champion for change, putting the needs of rural Australians front and centre in health policy development,” he said.

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