Primary Health Networks should pursue partnerships and collaborative advantage to succeed

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Building partnerships and collaborative advantage in primary health care point to improved health outcomes and service delivery, concludes the latest health policy evidence brief published by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association’s (AHHA) Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research.

“As Australia transitions from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks we need to remember that successful primary health care reforms move away from siloed models of primary care to collaborative models that build partnerships between health professionals, across the health sector and with consumers,” said Alison Verhoeven, AHHA Chief Executive.

“Partnerships require a dense web of interpersonal connections and internal infrastructures that enhance learning and drive outcomes, but they only function successfully when structured appropriately,” continued Ms Verhoeven.

“Australian initiatives, such as The Peninsula Model for Primary Health Planning and the Inner-North West Melbourne Collaborative Framework, are examples of how to develop effective partnerships and collaborative advantage to improve many aspects of professional and organisational functioning in primary care,” said author Professor Helen Keleher. “The contribution these initiatives and others have made in the development of strategies for streamlined care, embedding of efficiencies and reductions in avoidable hospitalisations is just being realised, and continued financial and policy support for similiar initiatives is likely to bring tangible economic, consumer and health system quality benefits.”

Partnerships and collaborative advantage in primary care reform is available online.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, community and primary healthcare services, and advocates for universal, high quality and affordable healthcare to benefit the whole community.

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The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, community and primary healthcare services, and advocates for universal, high quality and affordable healthcare to benefit the whole community.

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