After Hours Working Group of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Information about the After Hours Working Group - MBS item range, membership and meeting dates.

Page last updated: 02 February 2018

The After Hours Working Group have now completed the review of item numbers relating to after hours attendances, including urgent after hours attendances.

To view the government response to the recommendations visit the Department of Health website

MBS item range
Meeting dates


MBS item range

Total – 4 MBS Items

Category 1 – Professional Attendances
Group A11 – Urgent Attendance After Hours
Subgroup 1 – Urgent Attendance – After Hours
597, 598, 599, 600 (4 items)


  • Dr Steven Hambleton (Chair) –  Deputy Chair, MBS Review Taskforce
  • Dr Elanor Chew – General Practitioner, Member Queensland Faculty Board, Royal Australian College of General  Practitioners
  • Dr Penny Browne – General Practitioner, Senior Medical Officer, Avant
  • Dr Gerard Ingham – General Practitioner, Deputy Director, Professional Services Review
  • Ms Debra Kay – Consumer Representative
  • Dr Anthony Bartone – General Practitioner, Vice President Elect Australian Medical Association
  • Dr Aniello Iannuzzi  - General Practitioner, Private Practice, Director Remote Vocational Training Scheme, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney and University of Notre Dame
  • Dr Peter Rischbieth –  General Practitioner, Private Practice, Vice President Rural Doctors Association
  • Professor Tim Usherwood – Head, Department of General Practice, Sydney Medical School, University Of Sydney, Visiting Professorial Fellow, The George Institute of Global Health Clinical Academic, Westmead Hospital GP Western Sydney
  • Dr John Davis – Private GP / Proprietor, After-Hours Doctor, Hobart
  • Dr Mark Morgan – General Practitioner
  • Dr Megan Keaney – Department of Health, Ex Officio

Meeting dates

  • 13 September 2016
  • 17 October 2016
  • 23 March 2017
  • 14 September 2017