Announcement of successful applicants for Primary Health Networks

Sussan Ley Primary Health NetworksMinister for Health Sussan Ley has announced the successful applicants to run the 31 Primary Health Networks which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals from 1st July.

In a statement from The Department of Health, the Primary Health Networks will “replace Labor’s flawed Medicare Local system of 61 fragmented regions, which were found by an independent review to: deliver inconsistent health services; administration expenditure of up to 40 per cent of all costs; and lack transparency, with examples of taxpayers funds used to pay for staff parking tickets and gifts.”

Ms Ley has said that the Primary Health Networks will be outcome focussed in their approach to the integration between primary and acute care services.

She also said that in addition to general health, there are six key priorities for targeted work in mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, eHealth and aged care.

The list of preferred applicants subject to successful contract negotiations are as follows:

Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks

Click here for the full media release from The Department of Health.

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