‘Mixed messages’ muddying GP role in MLs

The latest concern about the $416 million overhaul of primary care governance came as the five division-led bodies which had ML contracts withheld earlier this month – as the remainder of the total of 62 were announced – began meeting department officials to discuss sticking points with their proposals.

Victoria’s Otway Division, which looked set to become the Great South Coast ML, said the department told it its only concern was that the division’s joint bid with two Primary Care Partnerships – Victorian government-established allied health bodies – would have too much GP influence.

“[The department was] concerned that it was a GP-dominant board, which was clearly not the case,” Otway medical director Dr Dale Ford told MO. 

“When it was explained what Primary Care Partnerships were, they were then more than happy. The end result… was no change to the bid.”