General Practice Partnership Advisory Council
The General Practice Partnership Advisory Council was established in 1998 as a result of the General Practice Strategy Review.
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24 February 2004
General Practice Partnership Advisory CouncilThe General Practice Partnership Advisory Council was established in 1998 as a result of the General Practice Strategy Review.
The Council's role was to monitor the implementation of the Review's recommendations. The Council's funding was $1.33 million a year. Thanks in large part to the Council's good advice, the Government has successfully introduced measures to increase the rural medical workforce by nearly 15 per cent, implemented blended payments under the Practice Incentive Program and helped computerise most general practices.
I congratulate all who have served on the Council and thank them for their good work.
Now that its work is done, I have decided not to renew the Council's funding.
Henceforth, the Government will consult regularly with the General Practice Reference Group. This is a representative rather than an appointed body comprising the Royal Australian College of General Practice, the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, the Australian Divisions of General Practice and the Australian Medical Association. The Government will also continue to consult with consumer organisations and other stakeholders.
GPs are the front-line of Australian health care. The Government is determined to foster a close partnership with Australia's 20,000 GPs and to build on the foundation established by the Council.
For more information call Mr Abbott's office on ph 02 6277 7220.