25 years of non-indexation of nuclear medicine impeding access & affordability

In the lead up to the Australian Federal Budget in May 2023, Australian Health Journal reached out to peak health industry bodies to hear about their priorities, either noted in pre-budget submissions lodged with Federal Government in January 2023 or in recent forums such as the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce.

Others have stated their priorities directly with Federal Government. Through these interviews, AHJ gives a final opportunity to communicate to all health stakeholders, the funding needs for a range of priorities. These range from new models of care to pilots and wholesale, system improvements to building more sustainable workforces to help grow certain sectors of the health system

The President of the Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists (AANMS), Associate Professor Sze Ting Lee spoke with Australian Health Journal about the following:

  • Usual levels of nuclear medicine services in Australia each year
  • Current levels of nuclear medicine services in Australia
  • How changing demographics in people moving to regional areas has impacted access to nuclear medicine services
  • The nuclear medicine workforce including trainees
  • Key recommendation from the pre-budget submission
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