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
Investigating Best Practice Primary Health Care for Older Australians with Diabetes Using Record Linkage
The study will examine the reach of incentives to improve PHC provision to patients with diabetes and the impact of improved care on outcomes such as hospitalisation.
The review the role of general practice in PHC as background research to support the work of the General Practice Partnership Advisory Council
Previous work by CPHCE had established a framework for GP Hospital integration. The Department wished to trial approaches to incorporating more integrated operations into the work of hospitals and primary health care services.
Ensuring that Australians have access to health care is an integral component of Australian health care policy. Growing awareness of the importance of PHC in delivering equitable and cost-effective care is creating interest in better understanding and addressing access to best practice PHC.
This project will identify the opportunities where optimising the skill-mix of the primary health care workforce will benefit older Australians.A series of policy alternatives will be defined to optimise skill-mix of the primary healthcare workforce to meet the needs of older Australians.