Medicare Locals require a change in mindset

THE new era in primary healthcare through Medicare Locals (MLs) will bring a new mindset as well. 

Primary healthcare colleagues across the nation will become part of a system of accountability that will increasingly influence the type, frequency and availability of health services for ML regions.

Over time, the changes will also increase the ‘cross-pollination’ of the medical, allied health, aged care and social care sectors that is fundamental to promoting real health.

The reform task ahead requires leadership that understands the objectives and the outcomes to be achieved – socially and economically responsible healthcare that is equitable, accessible at the right time and at the right place. 

Underpinning much of this agenda will be a new mechanism for tracking health outcomes within MLs, the Healthy Communities Reports. 

The data collection, analysis and perspective that these reports will