Health group upgrade
 Baw Baw News  

By // 10:17, Tuesday 19 May 2015

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THE Federal Government has named Gippsland Medicare Local in Moe as one of 31 health centres which will become a new primary health network.

First published in the 24 April 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Click here to read the entire edition online.

The federal minister for health Sussan Ley said last Saturday that the GML will become the Gippsland Primary Health Network (GPHN) on 1 July this year.


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Primary health networks aim to make medical resources and care more accessible and quick so people can be assured of a good result in all areas of the health system.

GML chair Dr Nola Maxfield said the most integral part of the new system would be the Clinical Advisory Councils and Community Advisory Committees.

Dr Maxfield said they would give both the ordinary user and employees of the health system a say in what should be done to solve a problem or improve a situation.

“Guided by local and national health priorities, the GPHN will identify and commission much needed services across Gippsland to ensure patients have access to the right care, at the right time,” Dr Maxfield said in a media release.

The CEO of GML, Peter Quigley, said in a media release his staff aimed to handle the change to the GPHN smoothly, so the Gippsland health service is not disrupted in any way.

“We are now in the process of recruiting clinical and community advisory councils and determining internal requirements to support the Gippsland Primary Health Network,” Mr Quigley said.

“Building on our experience and relationships within the Gippsland primary health care sector, the GPHN will drive health system improvement and ensure patients and clinicians are working together for better health outcomes.”

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