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The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. Access to quality health care is a basic human right.
  2. Individual and population health outcomes are strongly influenced by the social, economic and environmental conditions in which people live and work.
  3. Human health has a direct relationship with the quality of the environment, and a healthy natural environment underpins a healthy society.
  4. Ensuring all people have access to the resources and opportunities essential for good health and wellbeing should be one of the most important priorities of all Australian governments.
  5. Preventive approaches, measures to alleviate social disadvantage, and universal access to an effective health care system are necessary to address inequities in health outcomes.
  6. An effective health system must be based on primary health care and preventive health care measures — such as health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction and early intervention — in order to manage chronic disease, reduce ill-health and avoidable hospital admissions.
  7. The publicly-funded health system is the most equitable and efficient way to resource and deliver health services.
  8. The entirety of the health system should be focused on the needs of people, and health service users have the right to participate in the planning of the delivery of such services.
  9. People have the right to participate individually and collectively in the planning and implementation of their health care.
  10. It is the right of every adult of sound mind experiencing a terminal or degenerative illness to be able to plan with the assistance of a physician for the end of their life in a way that is dignified, peaceful and at a time of their choosing.
  11. An effective health care system is dependent upon a skilled, well-resourced workforce.
  12. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should have health outcomes and life expectancy equal to other Australians.
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