Much to do before the election politics begins

The key reform concepts remain: primary and hospital care are best organised and managed at a community level; primary care clinicians should work together for the good of their community; primary and hospital sectors should work in an integrated way; general practice is a key element of primary care; and the outcome should be better patient care from a patient perspective.

Our assets in this 2013 election year are that Medicare Locals are up and running, giving communities and clinicians a means of organising healthcare that meets their needs. 

A critical factor has been the recent engagement, energy and understanding of what’s required by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, who has re-energised the reform process. The minister “gets” the regional approach. Will momentum be maintained with a potential change in government? 

A major emerging theme requiring urgent action, which we expect will be reflected in the Health