A new health system should build on past strengths

Associate Professor Chris Pearce
Director Of Research, Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local


Australia was not alone in seeing that general practice needed an institution to support it. Similar meso-level organisations were created in the UK, Canada and the US.

Over time, and with frightening regularity, divisions amalgamated and became networks, reconfigured and refocused and became Medicare Locals (MLs), and now are to become Primary Health Networks (PHN).

One of the problems of