In 2019, the Australian Government established the Primary Health Reform Steering Group (Steering Group) to provide independent expert advice to guide the development of the Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan for primary health care reform and implementation of the voluntary patient registration measure for all Australians.
The Steering Group is now consulting on its draft recommendations to Government to guide the development of the Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan. There are a total of 20 recommendations provided, which include the following:
(a) Supporting and expanding the role of the allied health workforce in a well integrated and coordinated primary health care system underpinned by continuity of care.
(b) Delivering funding reform to support integration and a one system focus, which includes developing innovative funding models for allied health services and reforming private health insurance to allow delivery of contemporary and evidence based primary care by allied health professionals.
(c) Developing digital infrastructure and clinical systems to better support providers to deliver safe and effective care, which includes developing interoperable secure digital infrastructure across allied health.
(d) Enabling a culture of innovation to improve care at the individual/population level, which includes support in education and training for allied health primary care providers.
The Steering Group’s discussion paper and draft recommendations can be viewed here. The consultation is an opportunity for all stakeholders to provide further input into the future direction of primary health care reform.
Audiology Australia will be providing a submission on the draft recommendations from the Steering Group. Interested members can provide feedback and comments to email@example.com by 5pm, Monday 12 July 2021.