Labor promises GPs in aged care

The program would aim to have the GPs employed on-site at all 61 aged care facilities owned by insurer BUPA nationwide with GPs to be installed in 15 aged care homes by August next year.

Under the uncosted Integrated Health Care Program, residents would have a minimum one GP visit each month, bulk-billed. During business hours a GP, a registered nurse clinical manager and a registered nurse care manager would be in the home.

Ms Collins said the program would increase staff numbers in nursing and care teams, who would get training and mentoring from the GP.

“The aim is to improve health outcomes for residents and it is expected this will decrease their need for hospital visits and the need to leave the home for simple procedures,” she said.

La Trobe federal MP Laura Smyth, who launched the program with Ms Collins, and whose electorate houses the first facility to benefit from it, said aged care residents needed regular access to