Independent candidate Kevin Mack has drawn up a list of things he wants to fix in Griffith if he's elected later this month.
Among the big ticket items on his list is a promise to build a new hospital on a greenfield site.
"State and federal governments should fund a new hospital and provide Griffith and the region with a higher standard of healthcare than they currently have," Mr Mack said.
He said hospital re-developments were a "Band-Aid" solution and didn't address the need for sustainable healthcare.
"The amount of money spent on the re-development is a lot higher per square metre than a new one," Mr Mack said.
"Band-Aids only resolve problems for five to 10 years.
"Healthcare issues are in Farrer are at breaking point."
Mr Mack said even Albury-Wodonga's health services were strained, and while a new building would help Griffith, more general practitioners were also needed across the electorate.
Kevin Mack's 10-point plan
- Royal commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and water buybacks.
- New hospital for Griffith on agreed greenfield site.
- Address the GP workforce shortage in parts of Farrer including Griffith.
- Talking with constituents on health issues, water, education and youth assistance.
- Action on introducing climate change policy.
- Work with parliament to address rising electricity prices.
- Convene forum to get a clear picture of unemployment rates and skill shortages across Farrer.
- Meet with local governments to determine infrastructure priorities and funding opportunities around Griffith.
- Convene telecommunications group to identify black spots for round five and six of the mobile black spots program.
- Action to address the issues facing clients and providers of the NDIS.
Mr Mack said a lack of GPs in Leeton and Narrandera meant people travelled to larger centres leading to longer wait times.
"Wentworth Council pay for their own, Hay (Shire Council) has spent $1 million for healthcare over 10 years to provide a minimum level of healthcare," he said.
"If someone from Hay is diagnosed with a major health issue, they have to go to Griffith and then to Wagga.
"They've allowed health service to decline to such a point there's no longer the skills in the facilities to treat people so they have to transport them."
Addressing the problem of skills can be done through either educating and training our own doctors, or Mr Mack says, through immigration.
"The government is talking about 23,000 people coming to country areas," he said.
"They need to deliver the skills for what is required, not what they believe is required."
He said while the government can still easily choose who move to Australia, they needed to prioritise health, and put in requirements for those people to move to regional areas.
Mr Mack believes the National Disability Insurance Scheme is understaffed and underfunded which is having a significant issue on people with disabilities.
The understaffing meant getting NDIS plans took time and often weren't done to the quality needed by clients, which meant many people got back into the queue to address issues.
"It's about employing more people to provide the services, they took 15,000 people in the state run services and replaced them, with 3000 people," he said.
"But there's the same amount of clients and the same amount of work."
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