Bribie Islanders will have access to the medical care they need thanks a new three-year trial of after-hours primary care. The Australian Government is investing $500,000 to deliver the much-needed service which will be rolled out in January 2021. “For years, residents on the island have been calling for better access to medical services and I am delighted to announce this trial program,” Member for Longman Terry Young said. “Currently, Bribie Island locals don’t have an established afterhours health care service available through their GPs or medical deputising arrangements. “With this investment, patients won’t have to travel 20km to Caboolture Hospital for care outside normal office hours but will have access to a GP right here on Bribie Island.”
The Government will provide $500,000 to the Brisbane North Primary Health Network to codesign and develop the service with input from stakeholders. The local provider will be determined through a tender process. Ensuring all Australians have access to safe, quality, and accessible health care is an Australian Government priority. We will continue to work with our GPs, specialists and consumers to improve the delivery of care. As part of the Government’s Long Term National Health Plan, our Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan will set a vision and path to guide future primary health care reform. This is in addition to our broader health care reform agenda to make the health system more person-centred, integrated, efficient and equitable for all Australians no matter where they live.