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11 April, 2014
Medicare Locals essential for integrated care
The AML Alliance says the integrated care planned by the NSW government and discussed at the
Health Ministers meeting today has Medicare Locals as a key part of the process and we look forward
to a rapid uptake of this NSW government initiative by other state and territory jurisdictions.
At today’s Standing Council on Health meeting in Brisbane, the Health Ministers’ interest in NSW’s
approach to integrated care is another step forward for better healthcare for the community by an
increased role for primary health care and Medicare Locals.
In a statement issued by the Council earlier today, the Ministers agreed that collaboration across
jurisdictions, including joint initiatives and shared learning, would help all parties achieve a
sustainable, integrated health system that better meets the needs of Australians. Areas identified for
collaboration included increased sharing of information and data.
AML Alliance Chair, Dr Arn Sprogis said it was good to see the enthusiasm by State Ministers that
improved coordinated care at the frontline is top of mind.
“This country has a path mapped out for primary health care through the National Primary Health Care
Strategic Framework and AML Alliance calls on all governments to not ignore the work and direction of
the Framework, agreed to in 2013.
“An efficient and productive health system maximises its health care outside of the hospital sector to
create efficiencies and reduce the duplication of services.
“Right now, the acute sector is at breaking point and to reduce the pressure on hospitals, more health
care activity needs to be directed through Medicare Locals, Australia’s national network of primary
health care organisations.
“Reducing avoidable hospitalisations and better managing complex and chronic conditions outside of
hospitals is core business for Medicare Locals and much activity is already taking place.
“To achieve the large savings possible it is critical to support, invest in and scale up primary health
care in an environment where there are more people living with multiple long term conditions.
“Medicare Locals are focussed on supporting quality care by GPs and other primary care providers
particularly for the sickest in our communities and quality care action fits well with that approach. They
are reducing cost pressures within the health system through local coordination and the provision of
frontline primary care services including health prevention and promotion activities encouraging
healthy lifestyles,” Dr Sprogis said.