Health 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

PHC 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

Improving Integration 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

Access to PHC 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. Our key partners are 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.

GP Online Training Evaluation (GOTE)

UNSW Medicine (CPHCE and SPHCM) were commissioned by GP Synergy to develop online training modules for GP Registrars on research methods. This project is an evaluation of those modules.

Oral Health Project for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

This project will support the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) oral health policy and service directions through an exploratory study investigating the current utilisation patterns of oral health services provided in SESLHD. The study will utilise existing data sets available through the SESLHD Oral Health Service and the Centre for Oral Health Strategy to determine changes to service use related to recent initiatives, patterns of service utilisation and issues of access for a range of high risk population groups.

Review of the Waterloo Healthy Living Program

The review of the Waterloo Healthy Living Program at SLHD was undertaken to assess how effectively the program has achieved the expectations of the community and the SLHD, and to provide recommendation for the future

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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.

Carers and Technology Research Project: Information needs and technology preferences

The research project on the information needs of carers included:

  1. A qualitative research project investigating the information needs and technology preferences of new carers in NSW
  2. Carers Validation Workshop – presentation of research findings to SESLHD Carers Consultants to ensure validity of research findings / interpretation
  3. Research to Practice Workshop where key SESLHD services were invited to attend to discuss implications of research for their role/unit and the District.

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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