Better integrated health care needed for better health outcomes

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has called on all parties seeking election this year to commit to greater integration across the primary, acute, disability and aged care sectors.

“A whole-of-system approach to reform is necessary to ensure Australians with multiple care needs are able to access the services they require with a minimum of difficulty,” AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said.

“As our population ages and rates of chronic disease continues to rise, more and more Australians will find themselves in need of multiple types of care. Greater integration of services across the sector will help ensure better service delivery and better health outcomes.”

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are well-positioned to lead the way on connecting diverse parts of the health system to ensure better patient care, and must be sufficiently funded to do so.

“Collaboration across the health system is required to reduce inequities in health service access and health outcomes,” Ms Verhoeven said.

Health workforce reform is also required to promote integrated care models.

“Payment models deployed via the Medicare Benefits Schedule must prioritise primary health care and multidisciplinary community care to better support chronic disease prevention and management,” Ms Verhoeven said.

“Innovative models of care are necessary to improve workforce productivity, including reforming scope of practice and job design.”

Read more:
AHHA Position Statement: Community Health
AHHA Position Statement: Primary Health Care Coordination
AHHA Position Statement: Acute Care
AHHA Position Statement: Health Workforce

Media enquiries:
Alison Verhoeven
Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
0403 282 501