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RACGP federal pre-budget submission 2022-23

Last updated 14 January 2022


Date: 7 January 2022

The RACGP has released its 2022-23 pre-budget submission. The submission recommends that the federal government:

  1. provide funding to support regular, continuous and preventive care for people over the age of 65, people with mental health conditions and people with disability
  2. invest in longer general practice consultations to support complex care
  3. reinstitute phone consultations for long consultations, mental health and GP management plans as part of the permanent telehealth model
  4. introduce a GP follow-up consultation within seven days of an unplanned hospital admission to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions
  5. strengthen rural healthcare by:
    • increasing Workforce Incentive Programs with additional payments for those doctors who use additional advanced skills in rural areas scaled to rurality
    • providing access to relevant speciality MBS items when a GP holds advanced skills in internal medicine, mental health, paediatrics, palliative care and/or emergency, in a rural area.

The RACGP also supports the Uluru Statement of the Heart and Closing the Gap and calls for government action in providing a voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Parliament of Australia and investing in equality in health and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Read the submission

 RACGP federal pre-budget submission 2022-23 (PDF 477 KB)