The ACT Medicare Local (ACTML), formed in August 2011, is a not for profit member organisation. ACTML builds on the strength of the ACT Division of General Practice to include primary health care professional and community members, with the responsibility of improving the patient journey through better coordination and integration of services, identifying the health needs and service gaps for local communities, and working in partnership to meet these needs.
ACTML’s mission is “Improving the health of the ACT community by working in partnership with our members, stakeholders and the community to connect people to coordinated and integrated primary healthcare, recognising the importance of the social determinants of health”.
ACTML will improve primary health care services for ACT residents by:
- Making it easier for patients to access the services they need, by linking local general practitioners (GPs), nursing and other health professionals, hospitals and aged care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations, and maintaining up-to-date local service directories.
- Working closely with the ACT Local Hospital Network Council to ensure primary health care services and hospitals work collaboratively for the benefit of their patients.
- Planning and supporting local after-hours face-to-face GP services.
- Identifying where local communities are missing out on services they need and coordinate services to address those gaps.
- Supporting local primary care providers, such as GPs, practice nurses and allied health providers, to adopt and meet quality standards.
General practice will remain a key to the ACT Medicare Local service delivery as it provides the foundation of good primary health care.