Launch of the VPE initiative delayed

In the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian 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.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and response activities, the Government is currently working with health and system experts to review implementation details and consider options for refinement. As such, VPE will no longer commence on 1 July 2020.

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