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Annual Report - Achievements & Challenges
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Major Achievements

  • Improved access to quality medical services for after hours care through the ongoing rollout of Round the Clock Medicare and announcement of the National Health Call Centre Network.
  • Improved services for patients with a chronic disease through new streamlined Medicare Benefits Schedule care planning items and an average 24 per cent improvement in scheduling efficiency for general practices participating in the Primary Care Collaboratives Program.
  • Introduced new Medicare rebates designed to improve access to mainstream Medicare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Supported the primary care workforce through: an increase in the Practice Incentives Program procedural loading for rural and remote general practitioners (GPs); an extension of the Training for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program to include emergency medicine training; and increased practice nurse support for general practice.


  • Lower than expected take-up rate for the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program.
  • The time lag between some after hours GP services receiving funding and becoming operational.

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