Date published: 
18 October 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Morrison Government has appointed a team of experts to provide independent advice on the development of the Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan.  
 
The 10-Year Plan will set a vision and path to guide future primary health care reform, as part of the Government’s Long Term National Health Plan.  
 
Under the Long Term National Health Plan, the Government is committed to reforming our health system to be more person-centred, integrated, efficient and equitable. 
 
The 10-Year Plan will be informed by extensive consultation with patients, providers, experts and the community.  
 
The establishment of the Primary Health Reform Steering Group is the first step in this approach.  
 
The Steering Group will be co-chaired by Dr Steve Hambleton, a practicing General Practitioner and former federal president of the Australian Medical Association, and Dr Walid Jammal, a practicing General Practitioner and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University. 
 
Other members of the Steering Group are: 

  • Dr Tony Bartone, Australian Medical Association
  • Dr Harry Nespolon, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Dr Ewen McPhee, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Dr Dawn Casey, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Ms Leanne Wells, Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • Ms Cathy Baynie, Australian Association of Practice Management
  • Ms Karen Booth, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
  • Prof Claire Jackson, University of Queensland
  • Mr Adrian Carson, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • Ms Gail Mulcair, Allied Health Professions Australia 
  • Mr Phil Calvert, Australian Physiotherapy Association 

As the first step in the 10-Year Plan, the Steering Group will advise on the implementation of the $448.5 million 2019-20 Budget measure, to support doctors to provide more flexible care to Australians aged 70 years and over. 
 
I had the pleasure of discussing the 10-Year Plan with the members of the Steering Group at their first meeting on 17 October 2019. The Steering Group will meet periodically until September 2020. 
 
The next step in the consultative approach to developing the 10-Year Plan will be the establishment of a broad-based Consultation Group with representation from across the sector to help guide and respond to public consultations.  
 
My Department will also be convening targeted consultations and roundtables on key issues to help inform the plan.  
 
I am confident the Morrison Government’s Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan will strengthen and modernise Australia’s primary health care system into the future, and I look forward to building community consensus behind it.  
 
To view the Morrison Governments Long Term National Health Plan visit – https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/australias-long-term-national-health-plan 

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