WADA calls for more support for general practitioners in the draft recommendations of the steering group on primary health care reform

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Australian Medical Association

WADA called for more support and funding for general practitioners in a submission in response to preliminary recommendations from the Primary Health Reform Steering Group (PHRSG). These recommendations will support the development of the government’s 10-year primary health care plan.

Although the draft recommendations were positive, they did not provide the support and funding that WADA advocated. WADA, in its response, again called on the government to invest in general practice and put in place a governance structure led by general practitioners to oversee the implementation of any reform program.

Commonwealth funding for general practice should be increased to at least 16% of its annual health expenditure, with improved and flexible funding arrangements supporting general practice as it strives to provide timely patient care , accessible, affordable and comprehensive, in collaboration with non-general practitioners, other health professions and local health services.

WADA’s 10-Year Framework for Primary Care Reform [https://www.ama.com.au/articles/delivering-better-care-patients-ama-10-year-framework-primary-care-reformw] describes where and how to reform funding arrangements for general practice as part of efforts to improve and strengthen primary care. Many of the PHRSG draft recommendations were adopted from WADA’s 10-year framework.

More information on the submission is available here: https://www.ama.com.au/ama-rounds/30-july-2021/articles/reform-blueprint-must-provide-gps-more-support

/ AMA / AusMed News. This material is from the original organization and may be ad hoc in nature, edited for clarity, style and length.


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