AML Alliance welcomes review of Medicare Locals
The lead body for Australia’s 61 Medicare Locals the AML Alliance, welcomes today’s announcement
regarding the Federal Government’s review into the national network of Medicare Locals, to be led by
former Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor John Horvath AO.
AML Alliance Chair, Dr Arn Sprogis said Professor Horvath is well respected amongst his medical
peers and is very aware of the issues pertaining to primary health care.
“We are looking forward to not only demonstrating the large body of critical work for local communities
Medicare Locals have undertaken, but also describing how the Government’s plans for an improved
health care system can be achieved particularly in the areas of improved quality outcomes and
productivity,” Dr Sprogis said.
“The review is an opportunity for Medicare Locals to report on achievements collectively and locally as
part of a fair and reasonable accountability process to which all publicly funded organisations should
be subjected,” he said.
“Specifically the national network of Medicare Locals sees the Review as an opportunity to:
measure what Medicare Locals individually and collectively have achieved in a very short
period of time; and
create opportunities to leverage even greater value for Australian communities and the
Australian Government through Medicare Locals
“In the Review, we will demonstrate that Medicare Locals are able to:
reduce costs and demands on the hospital sector and emergency departments by keeping
people well and out of hospital;
tailor and target health services locally to get more bang for the taxpayers’ buck and ensure
those services are more accessible for those in need, who have often fall through the gaps of
health service delivery;
cement general practice as the cornerstone of primary health care as well as working
collaboratively with the allied health sector, and beyond, to expand the frontline health
services in communities across Australia;