Push for funding to be doubled

The first federal budget submission from the AML Alliance — since its establishment last year — asks for $130 million per year over four years for a chronic disease prevention and management program plus another $92 million over three years for an early childhood development program.

The proposed additional $160 million per year, described by alliance chair Dr Arn Sprogis as “tiny” compared to the overall health budget, would be on top of the $171 million originally allocated to the 61 primary healthcare organisations when they were created from general practice divisions.

The chronic disease plan follows a similar scheme to one proposed by the RACGP in its budget submission involve simplifying chronic disease detection and management processes — with the difference being the AML Alliance model would operate out of MLs.
AML Alliance proposes to:

- Cut pressure on GPs to do separate tests for blood pressure, smoking,