On 6 June 2014, the National Rural Health Alliance Inc published a report highlighting the transition to Primary Health Networks scheduled to take place on 1 July 2015.

Under the changes, 61 Medicare Locals will transition to PHNs. This is the Federal Government’s response to the Horvath Review, in which it was noted that a ‘one size fits all’ approach was not appropriate for primary healthcare.

The Horvath Report highlights the need for targeted health care in rural and remote areas. According to the Horvath Report, PHNs are considered responsive to local needs and ensuring first class primary care services are available to all Australians.

A discussion paper has been released to recognise the importance of the forthcoming transition and to draw attention to the particular health care issues affecting those in rural and remote areas.

To view the discussion paper, click here.