Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley.
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley.

CQ Medicare Local loses tender for Primary Health Network

CQ MEDICARE Local has lost its bid to operate the new Primary Health Network to replace the current Medicare Locals.

The successful tender, announced yesterday, was Sunshine Coast Medicare Local, which will form the Central Queensland and Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network (CQSCPHN).

The new PHN model announced in last year's budget, will replace the current Medicare Local, which will cease operations on June 30.

CQML chairman Bruce Elliot yesterday said he was relieved the contract had been announced, allowing them to start the transition to the new PHN.

"We will meet with Sunshine Coast Medicare Local over the next few weeks to work on a continuity of the services within the region," he said.

The CQSCPHN will cover the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast regions, covering 161,000 sq km and a population of 835,000.

Across Australia, 31 PHN regions will replace the current 61 Medicare Local regions.

Mr Elliot and the CQML Board remained positive about the improvement of primary health in the region.

"It has been a great three years and we have already started to see improvements on what co-ordinated primary health can do," he said.

"Although we are not yet certain of the plans that Sunshine Coast have for our region, we will be working with them to continue the work that CQML has started."

CEO of Sunshine Coast Medicare Local Pattie Hudson said they were committed to a smooth transition with minimal disruption to service and patient care, and to maintaining a strong local presence, which she said was essential to providing the right services.

The new region extends from the Glasshouse Mountains to Yeppoon and west beyond Emerald.

The Morning Bulletin has contacted Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley for more detailed information around funding.



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