The future role and function of General Practice Units in the National Health Reform environment. D Jennifer Anderson Dr David Isaac Dr Ines Rio Dr Clare Seligmann. History GP Liaison in Victoria. S ince the 1990. 2 major issues to start with Declining communication b/w GPs and hospitals
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The future role and function of General Practice Units in the National Health Reform environment
D Jennifer Anderson
Dr David Isaac
Dr Ines Rio
Dr Clare Seligmann
“Achieved significant changes in areas of information flow, processes of care and relationships and communications”
Saw it as enabling arm of various DH policies
Current work includes:
So…..GP Liaison & Medicare Locals?
Identify the local health needs and develop locally focused and responsive services
Improve the patient journey through developing integrated and coordinated services
Provide support to clinicians and service providers to improve patient care
Facilitate the implementation and successful performance of primary health care initiatives & programs
Be efficient and accountable with strong governance and
If GPL Units go – lots of the cross silo and vertical relationships will be lost to primary care and their functions will need to be replaced
Big one is the funding??
Health systems do not partner naturally
Improving the patient journey across health care sectors requires collaboration and is built on four main building blocks:
Identify local health system needs and opportunities to address these & work on locally focused & responsive responses
The GP Liaison program, although modest in size has been the “glue” and, in many cases the initiator, for many of the collaborations across the hospital / Primary Care interface that underpin improvements to cross sector access, efficiency, quality and the patient journey
GP Liaison Units are change agents – working for the needs of primary care and integrated care from within the hospital