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.
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.
Julie McDonald leads this stream
This project was established to summarise what had been learnt about GP-hospital integration since the initial national forum in 1997, and develop a foundation for better informed and coordinated policy and funding approaches to the systematising of integration activities within Australian health care systems
Developing a guide to improving integration for Divisions as they transform into Medicare Locals.
This program aims to develop and implement research into equity of access to quality primary health care (PHC) using population health data collections
The government commissioned seven background papers to support the development of a Commonwealth/state National Chronic Disease Strategy
The complexity of the health system means that integration and coordination will always be problematic in one area or another. This study will define integration, coordination and multidisciplinary care within the Australian health and determine which strategies have been shown to be effective under what circumstances, and the cost of effective strategies.