Jan McLucas, Senator for Queensland

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Labor's legacy for Tully

Today's opening of the expanded dental clinic at Tully Hospital marks another Labor legacy in rural Australia.

Cairns-based Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas said she was proud to have been part of the previous Federal Labor Government which provided funding to James Cook University to assist with the capital works at Tully Hospital.

"The funding which gave James Cook University the flexibility to construct the additional dental chair at Tully Hospital was delivered by Health Workforce Australia, an organisation established under the former Federal Labor Government," said Senator McLucas.

"The new dental chair at Tully Hospital was an initiative of James Cook University to expand the health workforce in the area as well as to provide opportunities for final-year dental students to undertake placements in a rural area.

"Five JCU dentistry students now have the opportunity to complete their studies at Tully's dental clinic, and for at least two young students, close to their family home.

"The Abbott Government has now abolished Health Workforce Australia, with the result being that it will be harder to achieve great results like this one in Tully.

"One of the great things about HWA was that it had the flexibility to be able to respond to the unique needs of local communities."

Health Workforce Australia was established by Labor to drive change, collaboration and innovation to build a sustainable health workforce that meets the healthcare needs of all Australians.

Thursday 18 December 2014

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