UGPA Media Releases
19 March 2013
6 March 2013
Australia’s GP leaders – United General Practice Australia (UGPA) – met in Canberra today to discuss a range of issues affecting general practice, with the primary focus on the Government's current review of Medicare rebates for patients with chronic and complex disease.
GP leaders call for urgent action on GP workforce
Australia’s GP leaders – United General Practice Australia (UGPA) - met in Canberra today to discuss their response to Volume 3 of Health Workforce Australia’s (HWA) Workforce 2025 Report, which was released earlier this month, and to identify priority areas for Government investment to ensure a strong general practice workforce into the future.
GP groups to intensify campaign for restoration of Medicare patient rebates for GP mental health services
UGPA put forward to the Minister the case that from November many people with mental illness would no longer be able to afford to see their GP – their first point of contact for care and advice – for mental health plans because the Medicare rebates will be between 25 per cent and 50 per cent lower than today.
GP groups call for reinvestment into successful mental health program
UGPA has issued a strong united statement calling on the government to expand the Better Access program to meet the demand for mental healthcare in the community rather than reducing Medicare patient rebates for vital mental health services.
GP Groups United on Primary Care Reform
UGPA reached agreement on key areas of primary care reform and will urge the Government to consult closely with the medical profession as it progresses with the establishment of Medicare Locals and introduces changes to GP after-hours care and collaborative care arrangements.