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Brisbane North PHN will call for Expressions of Interest to identify a suitable provider for the Bribie After-Hours Health service.

The tender process previously carried out by the PHN to identify the provider was unsuccessful.

Member for Longman Terry Young said it was important to get after-hours primary health care right and in line with the expectations of Bribie Island residents.

“Having successfully fought hard for the required funding, the last thing I want to see is a service that is not meeting locals’ needs,” Mr Young said.

“Rest assured, the PHN is doing its best to deliver the best after-hours service possible for the people of Bribie Island.

“Once up and running, the service should help alleviate some of the issues around seeing a GP on Bribie Island after-hours.”

The PHN’s Health Systems Improvement executive manager Rachelle Foreman said Brisbane North PHN would now move to an adapted direct purchase process, which would begin with an informal Expression of Interest (EOI).

Ms Foreman said PHN staff would meet with local GPs to determine their interest and capacity to deliver the pilot service.

“Our intention remains to trial a sustainable, blended payment after-hours model of care, in line with feedback we received through the stakeholder engagement and co-design sessions we ran earlier this year,” Ms Foreman said.

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