primary health

To date, no comprehensive, ongoing data set exists in relation to how and why people use and access primary health services, what occurs in individual consultations and the health outcomes that occur as a result of these services. This Health Policy...

Blog Post #1—the IHI Summit on Improving Patient Care

Lesson 1

Essential assets for population health programs include:

  • community partnerships (with good governance to manage roles and responsibilities)
  • champions
  • data
  • research

Don’t take relationships for granted or forget to track outcomes and improvements!

Lesson 2

‘Disinvesting in low-value healthcare services is essential if we are to maximise the effectiveness of our health dollars and keep the system affordable’, sa

This Evidence Brief outlines and discusses the Western NSW PHN arrangements and how they are supporting and building a stronger platform for the delivery of Aboriginal primary healthcare services in this region.

Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship

About the Scholarship
The Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), together with Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) and North Western Melbourne PHN, to honour the memory of Jeff Cheverton, who demonstrated excellence in health leadership until his untimely death in March 2017.

‘With the Australian Government’s Health Care Homes trial due to start in July, it’s not too late to ensure the program design will support success’, says Al

This Issues Brief highlights  the work that still needs to be done to ensure that the Health Care Home trial paves the way for enduring reform. From our research, including examining other coordinated care models in Australia and overseas, we think...

US Study Tour - Blog Post #8

Co-design, community needs assessments and more

Boston-base Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is known internationally for the work it leads on the Triple Aim and quality improvement. While much of this work has focused on acute care, IHI also works in primary care, including with accountable care organisations and patient-centred medical homes in the US, Brazil and elsewhere.

Our group participated in discussions with IHI leaders on co-design and community needs assessments. Presentations made by the IHI team are available here.


US Study Tour - Blog Post #7

Shared principles for health care homes

Participants in the US Study Tour worked together this week with US colleagues to identify shared principles which were important in guiding successful implementation of health care homes (or medical homes in US terminology).