Wednesday 13 February 2013
Roma Administration Centre
NOTICE OF MEETING
Date: 13 February 2013
Mayor: Councillor R S Loughnan
Deputy Mayor: Councillor W S Wason
Councillors: Councillor J L Chambers
Councillor R J Denton
Councillor P J Flynn
Councillor W M Newman
Councillor C J O’Neil
Councillor M L Price
Councillor D J Schefe
Chief Executive Officer: Ms Julie Reitano
Senior Management: Mr Tony Klein (Director Community & Commercial Services)
Mr Michael Parker ( Acting Director Infrastructure Services)
Mr Rob Hayward (Director Development & Environment Services)
Officers: Ms Jane Frith (Corporate Communications Officer)
Please find attached late agenda for the General Meeting to be held at the Roma Administration Centre on February 13, 2013 at 9.00am.
Chief Executive Officer
TABLE OF CONTENTS
L Late Items
L.1 Roma Hospital request to seek Maranoa Regional Council support for an application 19(2) exemption............................................................................. 2
Prepared by: Melissa Wathen, Manager- Social Development
Attachment : 19(2) Initiative, Roma Hospital - Request to sign MOU. 4
Meeting: General 13 February 2013
Date: 12 February 2013
Item Number: L.1
File Number: D13/5866
Subject Heading: Roma Hospital request to seek Maranoa Regional Council support for an application 19(2) exemption.
Classification: Open Access
Name of Applicant: Roma Hospital
Author & Officer’s Title: Melissa Wathen, Manager- Social Development
Roma Hospital are seeking support in an application for 19(2) exemption from Maranoa Regional Council as a relevant stakeholder group. The 19(2) exemption is a Commonwealth supported initiative which results in additional funding for primary health care services in rural and remote areas.
That Council endorse the Mayor to sign the request for support for the application of exemption 19(2).
Body of Report:
At the 10th February 2006 meeting of COAG, Heads of all Australian Governments agreed on several practical initiatives as part of “Better Health for All Australians Action Plan” – one of these measures was “Improving Access to Primary Care in Rural and Remote Areas, ( also known as the COAG’s19(2) Exemptions Initiative).
States which have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Commonwealth for the COAG initiative “Improving Access to Primary Care Services in Rural and Remote Areas,” may bulk bill the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for eligible persons requiring primary health care services who present to approved facilities. The state may access funds through the MBS for eligible services rendered at an approved site. A co-payment can not be charged to the patient receiving these services.
The MOU clearly states the principles which underlay the development and operation of the MOU, and outline that all Australians should have equitable access to appropriate and quality health care throughout their lifespan and without regard to their place of residence within Australia.
In consultation with Sue Freiberg, Director of Nursing/Facility Manager Roma Hospital, this exemption would provide funding for the Hospital where the patient presents seeking treatment in Out Patients Department who would normally be seeking medical support from a GP.
The Initiative is not proposing to compete with Private Practice GP’s who are already at capacity in Rural and Remote areas, but to subsidise the existing services the local Hospital is providing, with the additional funds able to support increased Primary Health Care Services.
Sue Freiberg – Director of Nursing/ Facility Manger, Roma Hospital
Tony Klein – Director Community and Commercial Services
Risk Assessment (Legal, Financial, Political etc.):
Financial Resource Implications:
Link to Corporate Plan:
Corporate Plan 2009-2013 — 8.4.7(c) To provide an advocacy role for the provision of health services and facilities as required so as to address the needs of residents in the region.
19(2) Initiative, Roma Hospital - Request to sign MOU
Report authorised by: