North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1501: April 16, 2015

A Word from the Editor


Editorial (1) Closing of NMML

NMML closes on 30 June 2015 NEVDGP continues due to popular support

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley announced the winning PHNs last weekend, following a competitive tendering process. PHNs will take over the role of Medicare Locals from 1 July 2015.

The boundaries of Northern Melbourne Medical Local will basically be divided between the new Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and the North West Melbourne Primary Health Network.
Approx 2/3 of NEV practices fall in the area of the EMPHN and 1/3 of practices will be in NWMPHN.


NEV practices that will be in NWMPHN include those in Northcote, Thornbury & Fairfield, with the boundary between EMPHN & NWMPHN being the Darebin Creek.
A map of specific practice location with respect to the borders can be found here.


The new Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) incorporates a very large geographical region from Hawthorn in the West to Whittlesea in the North and Warburton in the East. EMPHN was formed by foundational partners Eastern Melbourne, Inner East Melbourne and Northern Melbourne Medicare Locals. An interim skills based board, chaired by Rob Knowles AO, will oversee the establishment of the new entity.

The successful bidder for the North West Melbourne PHN (NWMPHN) was Melbourne Primary Care Network comprising Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincents Hospital Melbourne, Royal District Nursing Service and Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local.

From July 1, 2015, the newly formed PHNs will assume all ongoing roles of the NMML.

April to June 2015 is the period set by the Commonwealth Government to transition the work of Medicare Locals to the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

At the end of the transition period, the NMML Directors have resolved to propose a Members Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) process as the method to cease NMML operations. The MVL will be initiated by the members through a special resolution which will place NMML into liquidation and confirm the appointment of the liquidator.


Editorial (2) Last regular eNews

eNews was first distributed on a weekly basis to NEVDGP practices in 2004. Our distribution network, however was always much wider than the NEVDGP catchment, being distributed to many practices in every State and Territory. It is with some degree of sadness that this edition will be the last regular eNews for some time. Future eNews posts will appear as circumstances require.


Meanwhile, we thank you for your support over these years and the positive feedback received from you, our members.