AMA explains vision for Medicare Locals’ replacement

The AMA says it intends to work closely with the government to make Primary Health Networks (PHNs) more effective than the “under-achieving” Medicare locals they are replacing.

Its president, Associate Professor Brian Owler (pictured) says he wants PHNs to be better targeted and driven by family doctors at the local level.

“While some Medicare locals have clearly done a good job in improving access to care, the overall Medicare local experiment has clearly failed – largely due to deliberate policy decisions to marginalise the