November 2009

Up front

General practice and the NHH RC report

Volume 38, No.11, November 2009 Pages 855-856

Jan Radford

The long awaited National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) report1 has the potential to be the tonic needed to reinvigorate Australia’s general practice community.2 Strengthening and integrating primary health care is one of four themes in the report. In Australia, general practice provides medical care’s contribution to primary health care. The worldwide claims of primary health care to deliver improved health outcomes when compared to other models of care3 are based on the evidence of primary medical care’s effectiveness.4 In Australia, that medical care is provided by general practice. It is unclear if the authors of this report understand this, although they argue for the need for ‘strengthened primary health care services...[which] builds on the vital role of general practice’.1

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