Meeting the challenge of primary care reform

THE past few months have ushered in a cascade of Commonwealth primary care reform, rushing to make a 30 June deadline. GPs, their practices and representative organisations, even our medical tabloids, have struggled to digest the implications, opportunities and potential threats of almost daily releases.

GP/specialist video-consulting is exciting and offers enormous opportunities to the lucky practices qualifying for participation. The RACGP is working hard to develop e-standards to keep pace – ensuring high quality, safe and appropriate care for the thousands of patients and doctors who will surely take up the new incentives. 

Less welcome were the budget cuts to our patients’ GP mental health support – after such a positive evaluation of the Better Access program, it seemed incomprehensible that a government expanding its mental health spending could so completely neglect the basic building block – especially given the need in