Feedback on potential boundaries for Medicare Locals and Local Hospital Networks – June 2010

Posted on July 1, 2010. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: , |

Feedback on potential boundaries for Medicare Locals and Local Hospital Networks

As part of the health reforms, the Australian Government will invest $416.8 million over four years to establish a network of primary health care organisations (Medicare Locals) across Australia. This includes funding to improve access to after hours primary care through Medicare Locals.

Medicare Locals will be independent legal entities with strong links to local communities, health professionals and service providers, enabling them to respond more effectively to local need. Medicare Locals will support health professionals to provide more co-ordinated care, improve access to services, and drive integration across the primary health care, hospital and aged care sectors.

The first group of Medicare Locals (around 15 organisations) will commence operation in mid 2011, with the remainder commencing in mid 2012. The first group will be drawn from the Divisions of General Practice network.

Initial consultation on Local Hospital Network boundaries will be undertaken by the States and Territories. Following an initial consultation phase the Commonwealth will work with the States and Territories with the aim of producing a combined set of government endorsed LHN and Medicare Local boundaries for further consultation.”

Feedback sought

The closing date for comments or submissions is 30 September 2010.

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