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EDITION: 28 September 2016

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

As you are aware, the current primary health care landscape faces significant challenges due to the growing burden of chronic disease, an ageing population, workforce pressures, and inequalities in health outcomes and access to services. Alongside this, there is substantial national primary care reform underway with the advent of the Commonwealth’s Health Care Home pilots, the review of the MBS and Private Health Insurance.
 
To support general practice to manage and respond to these changes, we have partnered with the University of Queensland and are now in a position to offer practices free access to the Primary Care Practice Improvement Tool (PC-PIT), an online validation tool designed for whole-of-practice improvement.
 
This tool will provide practices with the ability to review key elements integral to high quality care including: patient centred care, leadership, communication, performance, information and IT, and managing change. By reporting on each of these elements, your practice will be able to plan their own improvement activity with support from COORDINARE. 

Our Health Coordination Consultants will be speaking with practices about this tool in the coming weeks. However, if you are interested and would like to find out more please call 1300 069 002.

Meanwhile, more than 80 people attended our three mental health co-design forums across the region, providing valuable input into how mental health reforms might be delivered in our region. There was a high level of energy and many ideas generated by participants who included consumers, carers, consumer workers along with staff from Local Health Districts, non-government organisations (NGO’s) and primary care practitioners.
 
It is exciting to be part of a new way forward in mental health which will provide people in the community with a flexible range of service options that meets their individual needs. Contributions made to the workshop will be incorporated into the regional mental health and suicide prevention strategy for South Eastern NSW.
 
There are still opportunities to contribute. You can provide feedback to our
discussion paper, by participating in focus groups or via upcoming GP Cluster meetings and clinical work groups. To find out more please email abradley@coordinare.org.au.

Finally, we invite you to register on our new Tenderlink site if you would like to be notified when the latest procurement opportunities including tenders, requests for proposals and expressions of interest are advertised to the market from COORDINARE. Registration is easy and free, and only takes a few minutes. Go to www.tenderlink.com/coordinare/.

We currently have new opportunities aimed at bringing about improvements for our population in two broad areas: chronic disease prevention – overweight and obesity and healthy ageing. To learn about these and/or future commissioning opportunities, please see our
Tenderlink site.

If you would like any further information about commissioning, please contact us at commissioning@coordinare.org.au.