MLs to run collaboratives program

Speaking at the Australian Medicare Local Alliance’s National Primary Health Care Conference in Adelaide today, Ms Plibersek also said the Commonwealth would contribute $5 million to a new ML preventive health program.

Addressing almost 1000 delegates, Ms Plibersek said changing responsibility for the APCCP from Canberra to MLs “recognises the network’s role in improving the effectiveness, safety and quality of the primary health care system”.

“By entrenching the work of the collaboratives as core business for Medicare Locals, we can make it a focus across the primary health care system,” she said.

Ms Plibersek announced the transfer, along with the $5 million preventive health program, while urging state governments to engage with MLs, including financially.

“Certain state government health programs could be better delivered by practitioners in the local community,” she said. “Where