Health Reform update, 22 February 2011 - National Health Reform: A better deal for all Australians
23 Feb 2011Health reform update
National Health Reform: A better deal for all AustraliansThe Council of Australian Governments (COAG) have agreed to a new deal on health that delivers national health reform that will last, built on a genuine partnership between the Australian Government and the States and Territories.
The Australian Government will invest a guaranteed extra $19.8 billion in public hospitals – matched by tough national standards to make sure that money goes straight to hospitals and straight to patients.
National Health Reform, will see every person in Australia benefit, no matter where they live.
This will deliver a better deal for patients through:
To learn more, review the COAG Heads of Agreement (PDF 3.36MB).
A new booklet Improving Primary Health Care for All Australians is now availableThis booklet explains why primary health care is important; why it needs to be improved and what the changes will mean. It also provides further details on Medicare Locals, and their central role in improving the primary health care system.
View the Improving Primary Health Care for All Australians booklet
Are you interested in becoming a Medicare Local?A key component of the Australian Government’s National Health Reforms is the establishment of a new nation-wide network of Medicare Locals to be locally responsive, to address local needs, to improve access to services and to drive integration across the health care system.
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing now invites applications to establish Medicare Locals across Australia.
The Tobacco Plain Packaging Information Kit provides practical information on the responsibilities and obligations of retailers and other suppliers of tobacco products under the new Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011.
eHealth.gov.au is your gateway to Australia's personally controlled electronic health record system, linking you to information about eHealth records and the system itself. Visit www.ehealth.gov.au
On 20 April 2012, the Prime Minister and Minister Butler unveiled a comprehensive package of reforms to build a better, fairer, more sustainable and more nationally consistent aged care system.