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  • PCMH Innovation Project Expression of Interest now open
  • New mental health services commence in SENSW
  • Consumer Health Panel report
  • Links to new resources available for GPs and other health professionals

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

Earlier this year, we talked about our upcoming innovation project to help practices in our region get ready and move towards adopting a patient centred medical home model of care. We are excited to announce that applications to be part of this project are now open!

Through our innovation project, up to 12 practices will have an opportunity to work collaboratively with us on areas of interest. Evidence suggests implementation needs extensive external support, however this will vary from practice to practice with the intention to meet practices where they are at. More information on this project and how to express your interest can be found on our website
. COORDINARE will support all interested practices, to make incremental changes towards a more patient centred medical home model of care, and where possible assist in the implementation of innovative approaches.

There will also be an opportunity for GPs to participate in a comprehensive leadership development program run by BMP Health Management Consultants. We recognise that engaged leadership helps GPs deliver a business benefit to all those who work in the practice but also deliver much needed clinical benefits for the community you serve. Don’t miss out on this exciting program! Find out more here.

Meanwhile, as a result of planning over the last 12 months a number of newly funded services have now commenced operation, providing much needed support to people living with a mental illness across the region. Grand Pacific Health (GPH), Royal Far West and Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres (SFMC) were recently awarded our mental health and suicide prevention contracts. Our four local Aboriginal Medical Services have also been funded to provide culturally appropriate mental health services and community capacity building for the local community.

General practice will continue to play a vital role in supporting people with mental health needs. Specific details regarding the referral processes have been documented and are now available for all local health professionals on the
HealthPathways website.

Finally, the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data has revealed some excellent figures in terms of quality of service provision for South Eastern NSW. More than 93% of adults felt their GP always or often listened carefully, and more than 92% said their GPs always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months. These figures are well above the Australian national average, and rank the region highest and third highest in Australia respectively which is great news!

There are, however, some concerning figures in terms of barriers to GP access and utilisation of GP services across the region, and this is something that COORDINARE as the South Eastern NSW PHN is committed to working directly with general practice and the Local Hospital Districts (LHDs) to improve. Find out more here.

Dianne Kitcher