The Queensland Greens believe that:
- An effective health system must be based on primary health care, encompassing health promotion, illness prevention, timely treatment and care of the sick, community development, and advocacy and rehabilitation.
- All Queensland residents and those with reciprocal rights should have access to effective health services, irrespective of their socio-economic status or geographic location.
- Provision of publicly funded health services is the most appropriate way to ensure equitable access to health services.
- Using preventative, resilience building, and health promotion strategies initiated early and continuing throughout an individual's lifespan improves health outcomes through that individual's life.
- To improve health outcomes of the community, especially in the priority areas of Indigenous Health, chronic illness, child health, and mental health an integrated approach across government departments is required.
- Self-determination and community involvement form the essential foundation for the design and management of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) health policies and programmes, which is best achieved by proper resourcing and funding as well as building capacity of existing local frameworks.
- Health service participation in appropriate research and evaluation is an important component of providing effective services.
- Funding models for health services should incorporate mechanisms to ensure that health services develop in line with population growth.
- A well trained and adequately resourced health workforce is essential for maintaining the health of Queensland residents and providing effective health services.
- Adequate quality control procedures, including training and registration, are essential to ensure the professional competency of health professionals.
- Participation by health professionals in decision making about health services should be encouraged and maintained.
- Planning for changing disease patterns and appropriate responses to large scale events that threaten human health should form a component of effective health service management.
- Patients possess the right to self-determination and independent decision making within the health system.
- Health outcomes are best achieved in partnering across both health and other sectors including housing, education, employment, training, language and cultural programs, social participation, and family support services.
The Queensland Greens want:
- To improve the health of the Queensland community, and redress inequities in health outcomes.
- To ensure ATSI people have health outcomes and life expectancy equal to other Australians, utilising a holistic approach.
- Effective and accessible community-based health services that complement and reduce pressure on hospital-based services.
- To promote disease prevention by encouraging healthy lifestyles, such as promoting increased physical activity and quality nutrition.
- To improve health outcomes within key health priority areas including health of culturally and linguistically diverse people, child health, chronic illness, mental health, and health of rural and remote dwellers.
- To support the transition of Medicare to encompass dental care as a part of primary health care.
- To recognise and support the contribution of carers.
- To increase research and evaluation for new services or clinical areas in health interventions and service delivery.
- To integrate systems of data entry incorporating technology that supports efficient clinical and administrative delivery of health services throughout Queensland.
- Capacity building of ATSI providers through training, education, and mentoring programmes and incentives to retain staff.
- Improved access for clients to information on their rights, and to advocacy services to exercise these rights, through independent mechanisms for complaint, appeal and redress.
The Queensland Greens will:
Services and care
Ensure that all communities have appropriate access to generalist health care, through
- supporting community health centres in townships.
- the expansion of telemedicine services.
- expanding obstetrics options by supplying salaried midwives or giving midwives access to provider numbers and facilities in community health centres or visiting rights for home delivery without additional costs to the client.
Fund a whole of government approach to respond to disease prevention and chronic illness through specific programs targeting:
- childhood obesity.
- mental health.
- cardiovascular disease.
- Increase funding and research for services which take pressure off hospital services, including widespread primary care services, community health centres, after hours GP clinics attached to regional hospitals, an expanded range of accommodation and home care options, telephone based health information services and e-health initiatives.
- In conjunction with other policy areas (Transport, Education, Urban Planning) increase funding of programs which increase long term participation in physical activity for children and adults such as active transport and walkable communities.
- Develop appropriate accommodation options for young people currently inappropriately housed in aged care facilities.
- Assess younger chronically ill patients with a similar process to that used for older clients, so that they are able to access the same range of care options, such as CACPS programs and supported accommodation.
- Investigate the establishment of a managed alcohol shelter on an experimental basis to address issues of homelessness and addiction.
- Establish a safe injecting room in Queensland on an experimental trial basis, linked to treatment facilities.
- Provide a budget line specifically aimed at foreign health care aid to be made available to foreigners who may have trouble accessing healthcare appropriate to their needs in their own area.
- Fund the digitisation of clinical and nursing notes and improvements in the collation of information and client access to their data.
- Provide inter-sector diversionary services that support and validate ATSI identity and help overcome addiction and social problems affecting individuals and the wider community.
- Increase resources and support for specialised services including those targeting ATSI groups such as early childhood (e.g. hearing), youth, young male, prenatal and maternal programs, Brother Care, Men’s Business, Women’s Business, and Stolen Generations.
- Extend community education programs and clinical hours for sexual health clinics in rural and remote areas.
- Reopen the Queensland Breast Milk Bank for those mothers wishing to breast feed but unable to do so.
- Increase the availability of beds within the public hospital system by reducing admissions through the disease prevention programs detailed above, reopening wards closed due to lack of staff by increasing personnel funding, and placing more clients in appropriate accommodation as detailed in the Queensland Greens Aged Care and Disability policies.
- Support the retention of two major children's hospitals in Queensland, and ensure at least one of them is a state referral teaching hospital, following best practice.
- Campaign to increase the number of Queensland university places and registration for doctors and specialists.
- Increase availability of placements for qualified health professionals including doctors, specialists, nurses, and allied health professionals.
- Improve incentives and structural support to enable health professionals to continue employment in Queensland health services, especially in under-staffed clinical or geographical areas through measures such as scholarships linked to continued practice in Queensland, appropriate remuneration, greater access to locums and support staff, access to professional development opportunities, staff development to foster high quality leadership, and flexible, low-cost childcare, and safe, affordable residences in remote, rural and regional areas.
- Review the capacity for health professionals to participate in a broader range of clinical activities in areas with limited access to necessary health professionals. For example, consider pharmacist or nurse practitioners prescribing certain medications in rural areas, and negotiate suitable remuneration models in conjunction with the Federal Government.
- Implement accreditation standards and professional registration for complementary medicine practitioners.
- Allow appropriately trained and experienced nurse practitioners to register in specialist fields such as midwifery and gerontology and to access Medicare provider numbers.
- Increase support and respite services for carers and clients.
- Improve access to payroll staff for health services staff, including unit and line managers to ensure the correct processing of staff pays.