17 June 2015


Outcomes Statement for meeting held on 17 June 2015

 

Item

Description and actions

1

Actions and Outcomes from meeting held on 25 March 2015

 

UGPA description

  • ACTION: Include description in UGPA papers going forward to reinforce the purpose of UGPA.

Red-tape

  • All UGPA members are encouraged to keep reminding the Government regarding their specific concerns in relation to red-tape.

Bowel screening

  • AGPN has some key strategies and would like to engage the CMO on this. Better GP engagement will give us better results for better targeting and better screening.
  •  ACTION: AGPN to draft letter for UGPA’s consideration to Chris Baggoley, calling for real GP engagement regarding the bowel screening program.

2

Federal Budget 2015-16

 

Drug strategy

  • Concern that Government should be taking a broader response to drug and alcohol issues, as opposed to focussing on Ice only

MBS and Primary Healthcare Reviews

  • Concern that reviews are only stating support for general practice, as opposed to genuine action and support for general practice.
  •  GP funding should not be diverted to allied health

3

MBS Freeze and implications

 
  • ACTION: RACGP and AMA to develop draft for UGPA’s consideration regarding:
  1. MBS rebate freeze
  2. Concession card issue
  3. Health Insurance Act 1973 amendment allowing for GPs to charge a gap payment only

4

Pharmacists in general practice

 
  • ACTION: AMA to draft UGPA statement regarding in-principle support for pharmacists in general practice

5

Pharmacy agreement

 

As above

6

GP training update

 
  • GP Training Advisory Committee still needs to be finalised 
  • Continues to be discussion around the colleges role in registrar selection
  • The process for Regional Training Organisation (RTO) accreditation remains unclear

7

Bonded Scholars Support

 
  • ACTION: ACRRM to draft joint UGPA letter and circulate for consideration and signoff

8

Withdrawal of HECS reimbursement

 
  • ACTION: ACRRM to include issue as part of joint UGPA letter in Item 7

9

Primary Health Networks

 
  • ACTION: GPRA to circulate research regarding GP networks and Medicare Locals

10

Return of after hours funding

 

No actions

11

Changes to Health Insurance Legislation regarding GPs

 

No actions

12

Sexual harassment in the workplace

 

No actions