Tonight's Budget largely insulated health from major cuts in spending and provided a welcome boost to cancer services, but it failed to plug gaps in public hospital funding – a gap that risks coming back to haunt the Government in the lead-up to the Federal election.
Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty said Government efforts to fund important reforms in education and disability care could, in time, improve social determinants of health in a country that is currently burdened by unacceptable levels of health inequity. Thankfully, fears that funding those services could have resulted in larger health funding cuts have not been realised.
In this webcast, Bishop Eugene Hurley of Darwin completes his two-part discussion, reminding people that the Church is in the world to be the "living presence of God leaning to every human weakness". That challenge ultimately guides the work of Catholic services.
The Mission Discernment Resource draws upon Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Tradition to assist Catholic health and aged care services in decision-making processes.