General practice and the Australian Government’s National Health Reform Plan

Michael R Kidd
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03801.x
Published online: 19 July 2010

How are the government’s reforms progressing, and what impact will they have on general practice?

On 24 November 2007, the people of Australia elected a new Labor government, which promised to reform Australia’s health system, with a strong commitment to primary health care and general practice.1,2 Following the election, the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission was established,3 along with taskforces to develop a National Preventative Health Strategy4 and a National Primary Health Care Strategy.5

  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.

Competing interests:

I chair the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections and am a member of the Australian Government’s Medical Training Review Panel, for both of which I receive a sitting fee and payment of my travel expenses for meetings. I am a board member of Northern Territory General Practice Education, which receives Australian Government funding. I have served as chair or member of past Australian Government committees, councils and boards. I am a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, current chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia and president-elect of the World Organization of Family Doctors.


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