Submissions to Review of Medicare Locals

Australia’s former Chief Medical Officer Professor John Horvath AO is currently overseeing the Australian Government’s review of Medicare Locals announced by Health Minister Dutton on 16th December 2013. Professor  Horvath is expected to provide his report to Government by March 2014.
Stakeholders have been invited to comment on various aspects of Medicare Locals’ functions including:

  • The role of MLs and their performance against stated objectives
  • The performance of MLs in administering existing programmes, including after-hours GP services
  • Recognising general practice as the cornerstone of primary care in the ML functions and governance structures
  • Ensuring Commonwealth funding supports clinical services, rather than administration
  • Processes for ensuring that existing clinical services are not disrupted or discouraged by ML programs
  • Interaction between MLs and Local Hospital Networks and other health services, including boundaries
  • Tendering and contracting arrangements
  • Other related matters.

CeHA has identified the following submissions to the Review:-