The GP Super Clinics National Program Guide 2008, which informed the Program for the first three years, was a key product of program implementation. In particular, it guided the processes for consultation and the separate Invitations to Apply (ITA) at all nominated GP Super Clinic localities. The GP Super Clinics National Program Guide 2008 aimed “to give an overview of the national arrangements for the Program, as well as providing information on the funding potentially available and broad application processes”.2
In its development, a version of this document, titled GP Super Clinics Program Overview, was provided as an “in-confidence draft for the purposes of consultation” to a large range of key primary health care stakeholder organisations for comment in January and February 2008, with a two-week response time. Individuals representing thirty-eight separate health organisations such as discipline-specific professional bodies, professional colleges, service network organisations, state health services and educational and training organisations were invited to comment on the draft overview document. Responses were received from thirty of these organisations. These responses were then publicly released on the Department of Health and Ageing website in April 2008, accompanied by a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. In light of comments from the consultation processes, and advice regarding funding and probity, this draft document was subsequently revised to become the GP Super Clinics National Program Guide 2008.
2 GP Super Clinics National Program Guide. . Canberra: Australian Government: Department of Health and Ageing; 2008.