Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos need to ensure Victoria’s 28 Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) have their service agreements extended post 30 June 2020 to ensure they play an important part in Victoria’s bushfire recovery.
Funding and service agreements for PCPs were due to be cut by the Andrews Labor Government on 31 December 2019, however late last year PCPs received ‘stay of execution’ letters extending their service agreements until 30 June 2020 while a review is undertaken.
Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and for the decade since, PCPs and their 850 partners played an important community role working with state and local governments in service areas of mental health and community health.
In addition, PCPs provided much needed research into depression, anxiety, psychological distress and higher premature mortality rates following the devastating bushfires.
Even former Health Minister Daniel Andrews said Primary Care Partnerships do “significant work to help people with chronic illnesses”.
Daniel Andrews claimed PCPs help Victorians avoid hospitalisation “particularly when people and the health agencies can work together on preventative actions and early intervention.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:
“Primary Care Partnerships have played an important role in bushfire recovery over the past 10 years, so now is the time for Daniel Andrews to reverse the budget cuts and provide certainty.
“Health prevention is often the first step to tackling some of Victoria’s serious health challenges, yet Daniel Andrews, once a supporter of Primary Care Partnerships, has failed to provide certainty to these crucial services.”