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Media Release Senator the Hon Kay Patterson Minister for Health and Ageing

MINISTER ANNOUNCES REVIEW OF THE ROLE OF DIVISIONS OF GENERAL PRACTICE October 8, 2002

The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced a review of the role of Divisions of General Practice aimed at strengthening and building on the work of the Divisions.

The review, to be chaired by Mr Ron Phillips, former NSW Minister for Health, will be conducted over the next five months and will report by 28 February 2003.

"Divisions of General Practice have played a very important role in the general practice community since their establishment in 1991," Senator Patterson said.

"Given wider developments in the primary health care sector, it is important that the effectiveness and efficiency of the Divisions be examined so their future contribution in developing and providing primary health care is maximised."

The other members of the Review Panel are:

- Mrs Judith Adams - Kojonup, WA - Dr Sharmila Biswas - Cairns, QLD - Dr Taffy Jones - Melbourne, VIC - Dr Daryl Pedler - Warrnambool, VIC - Dr Bronwyn Veale - Adelaide, SA

The Review Panel will examine the future role, capacity, efficiency and governance of Divisions of General Practice. Consultations with stakeholders will be held in all States and Territories.

The review will be undertaken in close consultation with the Divisions network and other key stakeholders.

"In recognition of the need to ensure Divisions can continue their important work while the review is conducted and agreed recommendations implemented, in consultation with the Divisions network, I have decided to approve a further twelve months funding to Divisions until 30 June 2004." Senator Patterson said.

"I look forward to receiving the report and recommendations from the Review Panel and to strengthening the role of Divisions in supporting General Practice as the focal point of Primary Health Care in Australia." Senator Patterson said.

Media Contact: Marnie Gaffney, Senator Patterson's office: (02) 6277 7220

Departmental Contact: Leonie Smith, General Practice Branch (02) 6289 4302

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Published on Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing web site 15 October 2002 Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/kp/kp02108.htm