In 2016, the Commonwealth announced the trial regions for the Department of Health’s trial of the Health Care Home (HCH) model. South Eastern NSW was not selected to take part. However, COORDINARE was successful in applying for innovation funding to support and fund building the capacity and capability of general practices within our region to ‘get ready’ to be a Health Care Home, over the next two years.
In the first part of the project we wanted to hear from people in the South Eastern NSW region to understand what they thought about moving towards a more patient centred medical home model of care - what is going to be hard and what would make it easier? The consultation commenced with two regional workshops, followed by individual and group interviews where a broad range of stakeholders including practice staff, consumers, Local Health Districts, private health insurance and allied health could explore and discuss issues. These discussions provided a great forum to learn from regional champions and identify areas for workforce development.
The University of Wollongong has been contracted to undertake an independent consultation of general practice staff right across the region to understand more about your thoughts to adopting a more Patient Centred Medical Home model of care. This information will be used identify what support practices need and what support COORDINARE can offer as you 'get ready' to transition to new models of service delivery.
COORDINARE invited practices to apply for funding to help move towards a Patient Centred Medical Home model of care. The idea was to give practices an opportunity to develop an idea to improve care for patients, test out a different way of working, try something new, or even trial an initiative they'd seen elsewhere.
Selected practices had an opportunity to work with COORDINARE staff to develop an innovative approach to trial in practice. The approach had to align with at least one of Bodenheimer’s 10 Building Blocks of High Performing Primary Care. It either needed to be new to the practice or a significant enhancement of an existing approach. The initiative had to be general practice driven but it could be a partnership with other providers.
Applications for this project are now closed, however we are committed to working with all practices to support change. Please can contact your Health Coordination Consultant to discuss how we can support you.
The burden of chronic disease in South Eastern NSW is higher than state and national averages for many long term conditions. This, combined with our ageing population (and ageing primary care workforce) means that demands on health care services are increasing. General practices face competing pressures: maintaining quality of care, and reasonable workloads, while patient demand and costs are increasing.
The way health care is delivered needs to continue to evolve to enhance patient care and experience, improve population health, reduce costs and improve job satisfaction of health providers. This will see more and more practices shift to a Patient Centred Medical Home approach.
To apply for funding practices needed to complete a simple Expression of Interest (EOI).
Applications were evaluated against the following criteria.
Practices were required to briefly:
Additional consideration will be given to proposals that:
Applicants were able to access relevant resources on the COORDINARE website.
As part of the project practices had to be willing to:
The following activities are ineligible for funding under the project:
The above list is indicative and is not intended to be exhaustive.
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