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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    COAG assurance on mental health, dental care funding agreements sought

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    COAG assurance on mental health, dental care funding agreements sought

    The Palaszczuk Government will urge the Federal Government to ensure vital services including mental health and adult dental care continue by renewing national agreements due to expire within two months.

    Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk said in addition to funding from the Federal Government for public hospitals, states also receive funding for a range of other health-related services through National Partnership Agreements.

    The agreements for dental care and mental health are due to expire in June.

    Ms Palaszczuk said it was vital the Turnbull Government committed to continue its funding of mental health and adult public dental National Partnership Agreements, worth around $41 million this financial year.

    “Any agreement on health funding proposed by COAG must include a broad range of health services delivered outside of hospitals,” she said.

    “If it doesn’t, services will be cut and waiting lists will grow.”

    In 2015-16, Federal funding under the National Partnership Agreement included $10.4 million for mental health and $30.3 million for adult public dental services.

    Services covered in the existing agreement that could be impacted if cut, include:

    • Reduction of long wait times for dental patients,
    • Improving dental care in remote areas, and
    • Boosting accommodation and community support options for mental health patients.

    Minister for Health Cameron Dick said Queenslanders needed the kinds of services that could go unfunded every day.

    “Health funding is about more than just hospitals,” Mr Dick said.

    “Hospitals are the load-bearing walls of our health system, but you don’t stop building a house once you’ve got the load-bearing walls in place.

    “Healthcare happens in and out of hospitals. If there’s no commitment from the Commonwealth to continue these agreements, services will suffer.”

    Media contact: Premier - 0417 263 791      Minister Dick - 0429 890 942