Strengthening Medicare Taskforce

The Minister for Health and Aged Care established the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce to provide recommendations on the highest priority improvements to primary care.


The Australian Government is committed to improving primary health care for all Australians. The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce began work in July 2022 to provide concrete recommendations to the Australian Government by the end of 2022. The taskforce will focus on:

  • improving patient access to general practice, including after hours
  • improving patient access to GP-led multidisciplinary team care, including nursing and allied health
  • making primary care more affordable for patients
  • improving prevention and management of ongoing and chronic conditions
  • reducing pressure on hospitals.

The Australian Government will consider the recommendations from the taskforce and deliver the highest priority improvements to Medicare through the $750 million Strengthening Medicare Fund.

The taskforce builds on Australia’s Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan 2022-32.




The Hon Mark Butler MP, Chair

Minister for Health and Aged Care

Dr Danielle McMullen

Vice President, Australian Medical Association

Dr Nicole Higgins

President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Sarah Chalmers

Immediate Past President, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Dr Elizabeth Deveny

Chief Executive Officer, Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Dr Dawn Casey PSM

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Ms Karen Booth

President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Ms Annie Butler

Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Ms Amanda Cattermole PSM

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency

Professor Stephen Duckett

Honorary Enterprise Professor, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Learne Durrington

Chief Executive Officer, WA Primary Health Alliance

Professor Adam Elshaug

Director, Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Dr Steve Hambleton AM

General practitioner

Dr Walid Jammal

General practitioner

Dr Nigel Lyons

Deputy Secretary, NSW Health

Mr Antony Nicholas

Board Chair, Allied Health Professions Australia

Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart

National Rural Health Commissioner


Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report

The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report outlines a vision for Australia’s primary care system of the future. The report recommends significant changes to how primary care is funded and delivered to enable high quality, integrated and person-centred care for all Australians.


The first meeting for the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce took place on 29 July 2022 in Sydney, New South Wales. 


Read the latest ministerial media about the taskforce:


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