A report has been published on some of the key issues that will enable Medicare Locals to deal with the particular challenges they face in rural and remote areas. The report is from a Rural Policy Forum held on 7 April in conjunction with the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide.
The Forum confirmed the absolutely critical need to involve the community and all service providers in the planning and delivery of rural and remote health services. There must also be flexibility in service models and funding arrangements.
Participants agreed about the important role of Medicare Locals and their future, and the need for increased certainty of funding for a range of programs. The need to reduce administrative and reporting burdens was also seen as a priority.