Our work related to primary care

A list of our initiatives, programs, campaigns, reforms or reviews related to primary care.

Our related work

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Learn about the policy work we do to support Australia's National Oral Health Plan through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The schedule covers part or all of the cost of some basic dental services for eligible patients.

GP Super Clinics Programme

Learn about the funding of GP Super Clinics, the objectives of the programme and who to contact to find out more.

Home Medicines Review

Under the Home Medicines Review, a pharmacist visits patients’ homes to help them understand all the medicines they take, and make recommendations to help health practitioners and patients develop medicine management plans. This helps to increase quality use of medicines and decrease adverse events.

Increases to Bulk Billing Incentive Payments

On 1 November 2023, we increased Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) bulk billing incentive payments for Commonwealth concession card holders and children under 16 years of age for a range of MBS consultation items.

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (UCCs) give you and your family more options to see a doctor or nurse when you need care for urgent, but not life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

MyMedicare

MyMedicare is a new voluntary patient registration model. It aims to formalise the relationship between patients, their general practice, general practitioner and primary care teams. Find out who is eligible and how you can register.

Pharmacy Trial Program

The Pharmacy Trial Program aims to trial new services that expand the role of pharmacists delivering primary health care and improve clinical outcomes for consumers. At the end of the trials, a health technology assessment will inform decisions on future funding.

Primary Health Care Research initiative

The Primary Health Care Research initiative will provide $100 million over 10 years from 2022-23. It aims to support an increase in Australia’s evidence base in primary health care through research to improve service delivery and patient outcomes, and translate this knowledge into action.

Primary Health Networks

Australia’s 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are independent organisations working to streamline health services – particularly for those at risk of poor health outcomes – and to better coordinate care so people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services Program

This program provides free Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to patients of Aboriginal health services in remote areas. It operates under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953.

Streamlining General Practice Training

This initiative simplifies training pathways and helps doctors to gain fellowship of one of Australia’s 2 general practice colleges. It distributes training places to ensure a continued supply of skilled doctors in rural and remote areas. It is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

Take Home Naloxone program

The Australian Government is investing in a program to make naloxone available free to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose.
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