Medicare Local Innovator of the Year - who won?

Over the past two months Australian Doctor has been running a competition to find the Medicare Local that's making real differences to patients' lives.

So which organisation walked away with the first Innovator of the Year title?

Next week, Medicare Locals will know whether their brief existence is coming to an end.

The federal budget speculation has included claims they will be disbanded within a year, perhaps replaced by geographically larger versions of themselves.

The debate on the virtues and achievements of the network — part of the Rudd Government's health reforms — has seemed endless. But there has been less discussion about the things the network has done for patient care on the front line.

Our Medicare Local Innovator of the Year competition — launched in March — was designed