It was a healthy budget
HEALTH was one of the winners in Tuesday night’s Federal Budget but plenty of questions about health reform still remain.
Welcomed by various health bodies yesterday was $466 million in extra funding to support the roll-out and development of e-health records; a $132 million aged-care workforce package and a $60 million education incentive for aged-care services.
There was $78.8 million for Headspace to develop up to 30 new youth-friendly mental health services and provide extra funding for the existing sites; $18.7 million to trial new models of care to expand and improve the role of nurse practitioners in aged care and a $390.3 million investment to attract more nurses to general practice.
Funding for the first wave of Primary Health Care Organisations (PHCOs) was announced in the Budget and hailed by a national GP organisation as helping to provide better, more responsive care in the community. “PHCOs, which will evolve from our network, will improve access to services, support General Practitioners (GPs) to provide high quality care to their patients and deliver integrated health care,” Australian General Practice Network Chair, Dr Emil Djakic said
“They will re-orient the Australian health system away from the obsession with hospitals and towards more general practice and other primary health care services.”