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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Optimising skill-mix in the primary health care workforce for the care of older Australians

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.

Qualitative study of two Superclinics

An ethnographic study was performed in two GP Super Clinics (GPSCs) between June 2011 and July 2012 to explore the evolution of organisational and clinical routines relating to collaborative care of chronic illness. 

Review of the impact of GPLOs on the integration of the general practice/community care and hospital sectors

This project was one of a series of investigations of GP-hospital integration undertaken for the Department, and built upon an earlier review of the role of GPLOs.

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