Rebuilding the face of PSR

NEWLY appointed Professional Services Review (PSR) director Dr Bill Coote has a lengthy history in health policy, and a memory to match.

Now in his latest role, the man charged with rebuilding the image of the beleaguered PSR is hoping the rest of the profession might also cast their minds back 20 years or so and remember what might have been.

Dr Coote, whose career began in rural general practice in the Gold Coast hinterland during the 1970s, joined the Australian Medical Association’s economics department in 1987. He went on to serve as the association’s secretary general, then as a senior policy adviser for Health Minister Dr Michael Wooldridge and later as the inaugural CEO of General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET).

In between those postings, Dr Coote worked as a consultant in Canberra, but it was the lessons he learned from his involvement in the early development of the PSR that he believes are worth repeating now.