i just cant fathom the logic of getting rid of the National Preventative Taskforce and Medicare Locals – with the burden of chronic disease and hospitalizations spiralling out control, why would you then get rid of the small % of money that was being invested into this area? At a state level, the QLD liberals got rid of every health promotion position across the state (bar a select few in Brisbane) when they came into power a couple of years ago. Leaving Medicare Locals to somehow fill the gap of preventative work at a community level. What determines health outcomes is largely a product of the socio-environmental context to which people live and often have little control of. Providing supportive policies and environments for people to gain control over their health is the most effective way of improving health outcomes. The budget cuts that have been proposed will only worsen the gap between the rich and poor and ultimately leading to worse health outcomes.