Voluntary patient enrolment

Voluntary patient enrolment aims to build on the fee-for-service model and improve both patient and population health outcomes.

Page last updated: 13 May 2021

In the 2019-20 Budget, the Government announced a Voluntary Patient Enrolment (VPE) initiative for patients aged 70 years and over. The Government subsequently announced the extension of this measure to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over.

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the delivery of health care and highlighted the importance of providing access to non-face to face care to the Australian population. In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government introduced temporary MBS telehealth items for primary care to allow doctors, nurses, allied health providers and specialists to deliver services via telehealth. As a result of COVID-19 and the introduction of the temporary MBS telehealth items, the previously agreed VPE model did not commence on 1 July 2020.

The Government remains committed to implementing a revised patient registration model and its investment in primary health care.

The Government is actively working with health and system experts, including the Primary Health Reform Steering Group, on a revised Voluntary Patient Registration (VPR) model called MyGP.

Details of the MyGP initiative are being finalised in consultation with system experts. MyGP will form part of the Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan that is currently being developed and is expected to be finalised in late 2021.