John Alexander MP has welcomed a decision to include Bennelong in the largest health care reforms to Medicare since it began in the 1980’s.
Western Sydney PHN, which includes the Bennelong region, will become one of the lead sites confirmed to trial Australia’s first Health Care Homes under a re-elected Turnbull Government’s Healthier Medicare reforms.
“This will put our region at the forefront of really important steps to help people living with complex and chronic illnesses,” John Alexander said.
“It’s estimated as many as one in five people across Bennelong are living with any mix of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health issues, eye disease, respiratory problems, arthritis, or more.
“They will now have the opportunity to enrol at a local Health Care Home which can become the one-stop-shop or ‘home base’ to support them in the complex task of managing their health.
“Our Healthier Medicare reforms will transform the way primary care is delivered and funded in Bennelong, giving our GPs the flexibility and tools they need to work with a patient’s full health care team to keep them happier, healthier, and out-of-hospital.”
Under a re-elected Coalition Government Western Sydney PHN will become one of ten PHN areas trialling Health Care Homes for up to 65,000 at up to 200 medical practices.
In addition to $21 million implementation funding, from 1 July 2017 a re-elected Turnbull Government will commit about $100 million to help fund the co-ordinated care packages – to support patients and their treatment.
Ten PHN’s to trial the new Health Care Homes model are located at:
Brisbane North PHN
Western Sydney PHN
Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN
Nepean Blue Mountains PHN
South Eastern Melbourne PHN
Country SA PHN
Perth North PHN
Northern Territory PHN
Key attributes of accessing a Health Care Home will include:
- Patients nominating a preferred clinician to see on an ongoing basis – this will usually be someone’s own GP who is aware of their treatment, priorities, and wishes – and becomes responsible for their care coordination.
- Families or a carer partnering in their care, if appropriate, to help in shared decision-making and helping patients to keep healthier.
- Where appropriate, patients having enhanced GP contact through after-hours access, consultations through telephone, email or videoconferencing, digital health, or home-monitoring devices.
- Coordination of someone’s care across all elements of the health community, such as allied health practitioners, their local PHN or Local Health Network.
- Updated progress reports through digital medical records and information exchange to measure overall patient health outcomes.
Primary health care providers will shortly be invited to apply to establish one of the 200 Health Care Homes. Providers will need to meet set criteria established by the Department of Health if they are to be successful.
For more information contact: Jonathon Ward on 0478 680 544