Claire Jackson tasked with review of after-hours

Former chief medical officer Professor John Horvath called for the review last March in a report that recommended scrapping Medicare Locals and led to the decision to establish a smaller number of area-based Primary Health Networks. 

“Professor Jackson will provide advice to the government on the most appropriate and effective delivery mechanisms to support ongoing after-hours primary healthcare service provision,” Health Minister Peter Dutton said on Tuesday.

Professor Jackson is due to start work immediately and report her findings by 31 October.

The terms of reference for the Jackson review call for a central role for GPs and general practice, and policy settings that bring innovative solutions to after-hours service delivery. 

Professor Jackson has also been asked to consider opportunities for improved engagement with the private sector and information-sharing and data-collection mechanisms.