GP Taskforce

On 26 March, 2009 the ACT Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA announced that the Government would establish a GP taskforce to investigate GP workforce issues in Canberra, in light of several recent and sudden closures of suburban practices.

The GP Taskforce has been charged with the responsibility of investigating options and innovations for improving access to primary health care in the ACT and reporting back to the ACT Legislative Assembly in late 2009 with its recommendations.

Aims

The shortage of GPs in the ACT is currently acute and the ACT Government is looking at the situation from all angles in an attempt to finding workable solutions.

Accordingly, along with the GP Taskforce established by the ACT Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA in March 2009, the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services has recently announced an Inquiry into Access to Primary Health Care Services and has invited public submissions.

Submissions

Submissions to the GP Taskforce can be sent to gptaskforce@act.gov.au

Submissions to the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services can be sent to committees@parliament.act.gov.au.

GP taskforce

The GP Taskforce was established to investigate GP workforce issues in Canberra, in light of several recent and sudden closures of suburban practices. The GP Taskforce has been charged with the responsibility of investigating options and innovations for improving access to primary health care in the ACT and reporting back to the ACT Legislative Assembly in September 2009 with its recommendations.

The Taskforce aims to:

  • Review and consolidate work already undertaken by the ACT and Commonwealth governments on access to primary care services in the ACT.
  • Explore and recommend on legislative options to protect the rights of patients and the health workforce.
  • Advise on workforce demand and training issues in primary health care, with regard to currently available published information.
  • Explore and recommend on options and innovations to improve access to primary health care services in the ACT, including opportunities that may arise in the Commonwealth State and Territory health reform agenda.
  • Consider and make recommendations on provisions to improve access to primary care services for vulnerable populations, including the aged, people with mental illness and the isolated.

Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services

The Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services is conducting a review with particular reference to:

  • the role of nurse practitioners, allied health assistants and other health professionals in providing primary health care;
  • GP clinic closures since 2001;
  • The current level of GP shortages in the ACT and the reasons pertaining to this shortage;
  • How to arrest, and reverse, the decline in GP numbers in the short and longer term;
  • Strategies to attract and retain GPs in suburban clinics;
  • Linkages between Government and non-government health care providers including innovative and best practice models; and
  • Any other related matter.

ACT Government Response to GP Taskforce

An ACT Government Response to the GP Taskforce's Final Report was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly by ACT Minister for Health, Ms Katy Gallagher on 8 December 2009.

The GP Taskforce welcomed the ACT Government's response to its Final Report on 8 December 2009.

The GP Taskforce was pleased to receive the news that the ACT Government has agreed or agreed in principle to all of the recommendations made by the Taskforce in its Final Report.

The ACT Government's response to the GP Taskforce Final Report: General Practice and Sustainable Primary Health Care: The Way Forward.

ACT Government Response to GP Taskforce Final Report

Discussion Paper

The GP Taskforce Issues and Challenges for General Practice and Primary Health Care Discussion Paper was released on 19 June 2009 for public consultation.

A copy of the Discussion Paper and related material can be downloaded below.

Cover

Discussion Paper

Media release

Membership

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The Taskforce will be jointly chaired by Ross O'Donoughue, Executive Director, Policy Division, ACT Health and Dr Clare Willington, GP Advisor to ACT Health.

Other members of the Taskforce have been finalised and include:

  • Dr Rashmi Sharma, President, ACT Division of General Practice
  • Dr Paul Jones, President, Australian Medical Association (AMA) - ACT
  • Professor Nicholas Glasgow, Dean, Australian National University (ANU) Medical School
  • Professor Marjan Kljakovic, Director, Academic Unit of General Practice
  • Ms Veronica Croome, ACT Chief Nurse
  • Ms Janne Graham AM, health care consumer representative

Terms of reference

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Terms of Reference for the GP Taskforce have been finalised.

See the objectives of ACT Health's GP Taskforce below.

The Taskforce aims:

  • To review and consolidate work already undertaken by the ACT and Commonwealth governments on access to primary care services in the ACT.
  • To explore and recommend on legislative options to protect the rights of patients and the health workforce.
  • To advise on workforce demand and training issues in primary health care, with regard to currently available published information.
  • To explore and recommend on options and innovations to improve access to primary health care services in the ACT, including opportunities that may arise in the Commonwealth State and Territory health reform agenda.
  • To consider and make recommendations on provisions to improve access to primary care services for vulnerable populations, including the aged, people with mental illness and the isolated.

Contact us

Visit this webpage regularly for the latest updates on GP taskforce activities.

You can contact the GP taskforce secretariat by emailing: gptaskforce@act.gov.au

GP taskforce secretariat postal address

GP Taskforce Secretariat
ACT Health Policy Division
GPO Box 825
Canberra City ACT 2601

Our location

Level 2, 11 Moore Street
Canberra City