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

Margo Barr leads this stream.

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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.

Implementation of the Integrated Care for People with Chronic Conditions (ICPCC) program in practice in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD)

The Integrated Care for People with Chronic Conditions (ICPCC) program at SESLHD provided overall care management for patients with multiple complex chronic conditions. This project examined the implementation of the program when the Chronic Conditions Patient Identification Algorithm (CCPIA) was first introduced in May 2019 to identify patients suitable for the program at risk of future unplanned hospital admissions.

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 - Macarthur 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 - 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. 

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