You may have started hearing the words ‘Medicare Locals’ being thrown around and be wondering what all the fuss is about. Basically, it is a model of improving the delivery of primary health care services across Australia, allowing people to get the health care they need in their local community. Australia has been divided into 61 areas, with each area having an organization called a ‘Medicare Local’.
Each Medicare Local organization will have a governing board, and although the make-up of each of the 61 boards may be different, there will generally be a mixture of GPs, and allied health professionals such as pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, dentists, nurses, speech pathologists and many more……
The activities of the AMLA will play the following roles in enhancing better health for Australians:
- Coordinate the integration of primary health care services in local communities.
- Enhance preventive health among all citizens.
- Identify ways to improve the role performed by Medicare Locals.
- It will play the lead role in developing and implementing primary health care policies.
To show its commitment to the Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AMLA), the Australian Government was represented at the launch by a high-power delegation that included:
- Minister for Health-Tanya Plibersek
- Minister for Mental Health and Ageing- Mark Butler
To watch the AMLA launch video, click here: http://www.amlalliance.com.au/media-and-publications/aml-alliance-launch-video
If you would like to find out more about the Medicare Local organization in your area, click on the link here: http://www.amlalliance.com.au/about-us/medicare-local/find-your-local-medicare-office.
To see why the AML Alliance is touting Medicare Locals as the biggest health reform since Medicare, check out their media release here: http://www.amlalliance.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/44780/20120813_med_aml-alliance_launch-FINAL.pdf.
The image used is the Medicare Local logo, courtesy of Medicare Locals.