Medicare Locals must manage expectations

A NEW era in primary healthcare reform is about to get under way as the first tranche of Medicare Locals shifts into implementation mode as of next week.

The announcement of the successful first-round applicants is testament to the high performance of the General Practice Network and to all the hard work that went into preparing applications – a process that has been testing at the best of times. 

For many, though, it has been a bittersweet announcement. For those divisions that did not meet the criteria in the first round, further work will need to be done, and the feedback provided by the assessors will be eagerly awaited. 

For some, the Government has made it clear that forming partnerships to submit joint bids will assist in meeting the criteria for the next round, and the Government has encouraged a number of competing applicants to do so. 

This advice is a reflection of the emphasis on partnerships, collaboration