Joint Primary Health Care Roundtable Communique

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Joint Primary Health Care Roundtable Communiqué 

Tuesday, June 16 


Health Professionals hold landmark meeting:

Nurses, doctors, midwives and consumers meet to discuss the road to collaborative health reform


Peak nursing, midwifery, medical and consumer groups met today to discuss informing policy to

guide health reform towards better health outcomes for the Australian community.


There was strong support for discussing ways to enable the community to be better informed about

health issues.  Providing access to timely, effective, high quality, safe primary health care is a key

outcome sought by all organisations and the involvement of collaborative teams of health care

professionals will help facilitate the the best health outcomes for all Australians.


Medical, nursing and midwifery representatives said that although there was a lot to discuss, they

were committed to taking further steps together towards a collaborative approach in primary health

care improvement and reform.


The groups have agreed that a working group will meet in August 2009 made up of doctors, nurses,

midwives and consumer representatives to progress the work on key areas of agreement.


Endorsing Organisations:

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Australian College of Midwives

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Australian General Practice Network

Australian Medical Association

Australian Nursing Federation

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council 

Australian Practice Nurses Association 

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Nursing, Australia

Rural Doctors Association of Australia

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The College of Nursing


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