Second and third round Medicare Locals revealed

The announcement will also give certainty ahead of the AGPN national forum this month. The divisions body had pressed Canberra for an early list of winning tenderers so it could use the event to start working on the ML operations.

“The field needed to be clarified and cast so that our division members and obviously the new and developing Medicare Local organisations can maximise the opportunity for dialogue, learning and consolidation at our national forum,” AGPN chair Dr Emil Djakic told MO. “Most can now move forward.”

The government named the 18 bidders that will become MLs from 1 January and 20 that will change over on 1 July next year.

The department of health would do “further work” on the remaining five ML applications, Health Minister Nicola Roxon said last week. 

Once finalised, there will be a total of 62 MLs.