First Medicare Local applications accepted, after-hours care funding fast-tracked

THE Federal Government has today begun accepting applications from GP divisions and primary care organisations to form its new Medicare Locals (MLs).

Meanwhile, new guidelines for establishing MLs, released by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as part of the Invitation to Apply process launch, have been welcomed by the AGPN as further clarifying the roles the new organisations will play in ongoing health reforms.

AGPN chair Dr Emil Djakic said the guidelines announced today by Ms Gillard and Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon provided "tangible steps for the network as it transitions from the divisions of