A key component of the Australian Government’s National Health Reforms is the establishment of a new nation-wide network of Medicare Locals.
Medicare Locals are primary health care organisations established to coordinate primary health care delivery and tackle local health care needs and service gaps. They will drive improvements in primary health care and ensure that services are better tailored to meet the needs of local communities.
Medicare Locals have a number of key roles in improving primary health care services for local communities.
- They will make it easier for patients to access the services they need, by linking local GPs, nursing and other health professionals, hospitals and aged care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations, and maintaining up to date local service directories.
- They will work closely with Local Hospital Networks to make sure that primary health care services and hospitals work well together for their patients.
- They will plan and support local after hours face-to-face GP services.
- They will identify where local communities are missing out on services they might need and coordinate services to address those gaps.
- They will support local primary care providers, such as GPs, practice nurses and allied health providers, to adopt and meet quality standards.
- They will be accountable to local communities to make sure the services are effective and of high quality.
The National Body is known as the Australian Medicare Local Alliance.
Medicare Locals Operational Guidelines April 2013
Medicare Locals Guidelines for after hours primary care responsibilities until 30 June 2013
Medicare Locals Guidelines and Information for Applicants
Medicare Locals Discussion Paper on Governance and Functions
Medicare Locals Video
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