Time to let primary health leaders get on with their jobs: no more reorganisation

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The third incarnation of regional primary health care organisations in Australia open their doors today, and despite a difficult change process over the past 12 months, the new Primary Health Networks are well-positioned to meet the challenges of driving better integrated health at a regional level, according to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).

“The Commonwealth Government’s focus on ensuring a sustainable health budget can best be served by a health system where primary health providers and hospitals work together closely to identify and meet the needs of their communities. This approach places consumers at the centre of the health system, and seeks to promote better health outcomes for all Australians,” says AHHA Chief Executive, Alison Verhoeven.

“The Medicare Locals, like the earlier Divisions of General Practice, have laid the way for better organised primary care in Australia.  Their leaders, staff and communities must be acknowledged for the commitment they have shown to ensuring continuity of services and support for the transition to the new arrangements over the past 12 months. 

“However, reorganisation is not a sustainable or strategic approach to health system reform, and is wasteful of scarce funds, effort and goodwill.    

“The new Primary Health Networks must now be allowed to get on with their important work, with the support of all levels of government and the broader health system,” says Ms Verhoeven. 

For more information on the AHHA, visit http://ahha.asn.au.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, community and primary healthcare services, and advocates for universal, high quality and affordable healthcare to benefit the whole community.

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