Health Petition to trigger rural health reform

14 Oct 2022 media release

Such has been the outpouring of concern raised with me about local health services and the continuing impacts of ongoing GP shortages, I will on Monday launch a petition with the aim of reaching 10,000 signatures to force parliamentary action to improve health services in our electorate and across rural SA.


The quote from Albert Einstein that goes along the lines of “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” appears to ring true when it comes to rural health. Governments can’t expect system improvements without instigating change and I am sick of raising concerns with Parliamentary colleagues and having them agree that something must be done and then nothing appearing to happen.

Stay tuned for more details on how to assist in gathering the 10,000 signatures needed to trigger this action!

I am so grateful for the support already received, and additionally to the many locals who have shared their valuable feedback with me about local health services, including multiple local GPs and nursing staff.   


Funding for Community Sheds: I am pleased to advise a one-off round of funding to assist Community Sheds (Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds, Community Gardens etc) has been announced by the Department of Human Services. Available is up to $25,000 to purchase tools and equipment, capital works, or fund activities to boost participation and priority is being given to sheds in regional areas. Applications close 15/11/22.

Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program: funding for sports clubs to upgrade clubrooms, change rooms, playing surfaces etc. Opened 14/10/22 until 9/12/22.

Country Arts SA funding for regional artists: this program supports regional SA artists and arts groups to present new work to regional audiences. Applications close 24/10/22. 

Individual Athlete Program and Country Athlete Awards: support for regional athletes engaged in high level intensive training programs in Adelaide.  Applications close 16/11/22.

RAA Regional Safety Grants: for community safety projects. Applications close 31/10/22.

Refer Grants tab on this website for further information about any of these grant programs, or contact the Narungga electorate office 8832 2455 or [email protected]