Leading Change in Primary Care

Leading Change in Primary Care: Boards of Primary Health Networks can help improve the Australian health care system

Stephen Duckett, Marilyn Beaumont, Gabrielle Bell, Jane Gunn, Amanda Murphy, Rod Wilson and Tom Crowley

In July 2015, Australia’s 61 Medicare Locals were replaced by 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs). The PHNs will do broadly similar work to the Medicare Locals, with the goals of improving the primary health care system, promoting coordination and pursuing integrated health care.

This book has been written for the PHN boards. It draws on the experience of the authors, who were on or associated with the board of the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local (NMML). Their experience is presented alongside existing knowledge and research on the primary health system with the intention of providing a context to inform the strategic decisions the PHN boards will make.

The book explores the need for change in the primary health system, with a focus on how this can be achieved within the limited parameters faced by PHNs. The book examines how PHNs can structure their organisations and manage their resources to circumvent these limitations and pursue meaningful system reform.

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