Rural health care review

A review of rural health care was ordered by the government in September 2014 to better understand the concerns and challenges of Albertans living in rural and remote communities.

The review committee, led by Dr. Richard Starke, travelled across the province listening to the views and perspectives of rural Albertans about the availability, barriers and solutions in accessing rural health services and how to maximize the use of existing facilities.

The first phase of the review looked at communities with a population of 1,250 or fewer. The committee submitted an interim report to the Minister of Health at the end of December 2014, based on the first phase. The second phase of the review focused on larger rural communities (population of approx. 1,250 to 10,000). The Final Report was submitted to Minister Mandel in March 2015.

Review committee

  • Dr. Richard Starke, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster
  • Dr. Michael Caffaro – a rural family physician working in Hinton and a past-president of the Alberta Medical Association 
  • Kirsten Dupres – a certified First Nation Health Manager and Director of Health with the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council
  • Dr. Allan Garbutt – a rural physician in Crowsnest Pass and past-president of the Alberta Medical Association
  • Cheryl Robbins – a Nurse Practitioner with experience working in rural, remote, and First Nations health care
  • Bonnie Sansregret – long-time rural resident of Consort and Chair of the Consort and District Medical Centre Society
  • Dr. Shannon Spenceley – President of the College and Association of Registered Nurses in Alberta, and Assistant Professor with the University of Lethbridge