Health Care System Integration and Primary Health Care Development

Description and aims

This stream is focused on the role of primary health care in improving health and social care integration. Integration is approached at a number of levels and perspectives with the ultimate objectives of improving health and well being, service user experience and system efficiency/effectiveness.

Key current research areas
·         Primary Health Care System Development

is concerned with the development of organisations, systems, capacity and frameworks needed for a strong Primary Health Care system. This includes the organisational structures including LHDs, PHNs, and emerging Australian models of Patient Centred Medical Homes and Neighbourhood

·         Improving integration of services and continuity of care

is concerned with the way that different parts of health and related systems work together to provide comprehensive and well-coordinated primary health care. This includes integration within primary health care and with other sectors, including hospitals.

·         Access to Primary Health Care

is concerned with patterns of access to quality Primary Health Care. This work includes studies of access to primary health care for people with diabetes, using data from population health surveys and linking records from hospital and other data sets.

Key partners

Partnerships and working together at individual and organisational levels are central to improved integration. Key partners are therefore consumer and health professional representative organisations, PHNs, LHDs, community organisations and related sectors such as local government, education, employment etc.

Stream lead

Ben Harris-Roxas leads this stream

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Feasibility study on the use of the patient activation measure (PAM) to improve quality of care for patients with chronic conditions in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

This project will undertake a feasibility study on the use of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) to improve the quality of care for patients with chronic conditions.

National Evaluation of the Primary Health Network Program

The Evaluation is a partnership which brings together expert research and consultancy experience to provide a rigorous and grounded assessment of a major policy initiative, the Primay Health Network Program.

OMPTIMISE: Collaborative improvement of primary health care delivery to the Australian refugee community

OMPTIMISE: Collaborative improvement of primary health care delivery to the Australian refugee community

This partnership project focuses on a model for access and continuity of primary health care of refugees in three regions (2 in Melbourne and 1 in Sydney).  It involves a partnership between Universities, primary health networks and other health services and refugee services.

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Better outcomes in mental health care - evaluation of access to allied psychological services programs - Southern Highlands division of general practice

ATAPS programs have been established in Divisions across the country as part of the BOiMHC initiative. Local evaluations are contributing to a national evaluation.

Better outcomes in mental health care - evaluation of access to allied psychological services programs- Fairfield division of general practice

ATAPS programs have been established in Divisions across the country as part of the BOiMHC initiative. Local evaluations are contributing to a national evaluation.

Collaboration between health professionals across organisational boundaries: a case study of diabetes

Multiple methods qualitative study investigating factors influencing collaboration across organisational and professional boundaries. 

Colocation of GPs and Primary Health Nurses in two disadvantaged communities

Health services have a key role in addressing health inequities through the provision of an accessible and comprehensive primary health care system. CHETRE worked closely with Directors of Community and Allied Health, SWSAHS and local Divisions of General Practice in developing, implementing and evaluating an innovative model of integrated primary health care to improve the health of people living in disadvantaged communities.

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