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Challenge for newly formed Primary Health Networks

Challenge for newly formed Primary Health Networks

Country North SA Medicare Local, based in Nuriootpa may have to tender to the Federal Government to retain the newly formed Primary Health Networks in SA, here in the Barossa Valley. This follows a special two hour Health Service Provider and Community Engagement Forum held at the Vine Inn Nuriootpa last Wednesday.

Ms Suzanne Mann, Manager Community Engagement, Country North SA Medicare Local, explained that primary care is about anything delivered out of hospital. Health is a state responsibility.

The Rudd-Gillard Governments set up Medicare Local but now with a change of government, The Abbott Government has reviewed Medicare Local, introducing 10 recommendations.

In S.A. there will now only be two Country Health Primary Health Networks, so the Barossa Valley based organisation will now have to tender to win its funding.

It is understood that on June 30 this year the Medicare Local will cease and from July 1 a new organisation will be formed.

Tenders need to be in by January 27. The new name will be Primary Health Network. The Government’s  idea is to keep people well and out of hospital and if they have to go to hospital, to get them well as quickly as possible.

Mr Brenton Chappell, facilitator, said this is about feelings and what the local community needs.

He called for ideas from those present, using sticky notes placed on a board to highlight what people wanted as the five things that should be happening in health care in the Barossa region.