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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HERON: Using population health data to improve health services, policy and planning

This program aims to develop and implement research into equity of access to quality primary health care (PHC) using population health data collections

Integration and continuity of care: background paper for National Chronic Disease Strategy

The government commissioned seven background papers to support the development of a Commonwealth/state National Chronic Disease Strategy

Integration, Coordination and Multidisciplinary Care: A Systematic Review

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.

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.

Investigating the use of translation apps and websites in health care settings

This study was a mixed-method exploration of the nature and extent of use of translation apps and websites in health care settings. Findings from the research provided insights into trhe circumstances under which translation apps were being used used.




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