The Australian Government’s redirection of dental funding to 2-17 year olds and away from the non-targeted Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) is a sensible initiative as it is investing in the future. However, the mode of closure of the CDDS has given little consideration to the many patients currently receiving treatment.
The establishment of 61 agile, community and clinically-led Australian primary health care organisations to better and more regionally organise health so that it is more responsive to community needs is the most substantial reform since the introduction of Medicare.
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says that with existing rural after-hours medical services facing significant funding uncertainty from July 2013, rural doctors should urgently “pin down” their new Medicare Local on how after-hours services will be provided in their area from that time on.
Dr Ewen McPhee of Emerald in central Queensland said that the telehealth service was now an indispensable part of his practice.
Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today announced the establishment of a Consumer Reference Group to set up the new National Mental Health Consumer Organisation.