Medicare Locals: the biggest reform since Medicare
Videos on this page:
- Medicare Locals: the biggest reform since Medicare
- Closing the Gap: messages from the frontline
- Medicare Locals explained
Advocating for primary health care and working with Medicare Locals to innovate and to strengthen the quality, safety and accessibility of community-based patient care locally across the nation will be core business for Australia's peak agency for Medicare Locals, the Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance).
In launching the national body at Parliament House today, AML Alliance Chair, Dr Arn Sprogis said the AML Alliance's formation along with the commencement of the third round of Medicare Locals on 1 July concludes the structural transformation of the primary health care system under National Health Reform.
The establishment of 61 agile, community and clinically-led Australian primary health care organisations to better and more regionally organise health so that it is more responsive to community needs is the most substantial reform since the introduction of Medicare.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a burden of disease two-and-a-half times that of other Australians. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and chronic respiratory diseases are the major diseases contributing to an unacceptable gap in life expectancy.
Reducing the burden of chronic disease requires a much greater effort in delivering prevention programs and comprehensive, well-coordinated primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In the video, representatives from Medicare Locals throughout the country talk about what makes them passionate and the Closing the Gap program.
Read the full Closing the Gap: messages from the frontline transcript (RTF 8.5 mb)