The “disillusioned” GPs from the Lockridge Medical Center in WA have received a reply from the Minister for Health after expressing concerns about the plans to artificially cap rental rates for co-located pathology centres. The original letter is here and the reply is here.
The congress, at Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport. 4 March 2017. 9.30am to 5pm, was officially opened by Dr Mike Freelander MP, Member for Macarthur. Dr John Deery, Chair of the Australian GP Alliance, then gave an overview of the AGPA and its aims. The congress then held a number of workshops over three sessions to discuss issues relevant to General Practice in Australia:
Session 1 : Political Traction, Improving Professional Standing, Providing Business Support
Session 2: Securing Income Streams, Pathology Rent Controversy, Dealing with your PHN
Session 3: Patient Centered Medical Home vs HCH Funding Model, Rural Issues, eHealth
Resolutions developed in each of the sessions were then presented to the congress. They will be refined and used to assist the Board to develop the strategic direction for the Australian GP Alliance over the coming months.