The Department of Health & Human Services developed this resource to provide information to support Victorian primary healthcare agencies to build or extend evidence-based models of care that use Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers.

Over the past decade, MBS item numbers have been introduced by the Commonwealth Government to support models of primary healthcare. The items highlighted in this resource:

  • are designed to facilitate an  integrated  and accessible approach to healthcare provision, including inter-agency care planning
  • provide catalysts for state-funded services to strengthen partnerships with general practice and other public and private primary health providers.

By working in collaboration, community health services, general practices and other private providers, assisted by Primary Care Partnerships and Primary Health Networks, can improve client access to primary healthcare services by constructing and delivering service models that are supported by Medicare.