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Labor welcomes rollout of its free healthcare initiative for Defence

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Gai Brodtmann MP, has today welcomed the Government’s decision to go ahead with Labor’s National Australian Defence Force Family Health Program.

The program, which provides free basic medical services for Defence families, was launched today.

“Labor recognises the unique challenges faced by Defence families, and we are determined to improve access to healthcare for ADF dependants,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“In April last year, Labor committed to the national rollout of this program after a four year trial in regional locations found it to be the most effective delivery model.

“The trial had the overwhelming support of ADF families.”

Under the program, all dependants of permanent ADF members and Reservists on Continuous Full Time Service will be eligible to receive full reimbursement for their medical out of pocket expenses when visiting a general practice, and up to $400 annually per dependant towards allied health and specialist services.

“I am pleased that this is one election promise that the Government has chosen to honour.

“This is an initiative that Labor is extremely proud of, we know it will make a real difference for Defence families.”