The national body established to assist Medicare Locals strengthen the quality, accessibility and safety of community-based patient care across Australia, has been launched at Parliament House today (August 16).
The Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) works with the Commonwealth to distribute information and guidance to the Medicare Local network, also supporting them so they can reach their objectives.
AML Alliance Chair Dr Arn Sprogis said the beginning of the third round of Medicare Locals on July 1 and the formation of the national body "concludes the structural transformation of the primary health care system under National Health Reform".
"To finally have a Commonwealth government take on full responsibility for general practice and primary health care means we have unprecedented opportunity to implement a system of care that is nationally led and locally delivered," said Dr Sporgis.
"This is the unique feature about Medicare Locals – they are governed and run by appropriately skilled and local representatives who are on the pulse of their communities. Medicare Locals will have the resilience, capacity and ingenuity to be the centre-stage of health care reform, leading change and innovation in their communities."
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