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AGPN acknowledges the financial support of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing


The reform framework where are we at

The reform framework Government Department of Health and AgeingWhere are we at?

David Butt

21 May 2010


Policy work
Policy work Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Has been extensive

    • Position Statement

    • Blueprint

    • Policy on a wide range of issues arising from the above, plus for and from Federal Government reforms eg.

      • eHealth,

      • Infrastructure

      • mental health

      • practice nursing etc


Government announcements endorse clear central message
Government announcements endorse clear central message Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • PHC reform built around general practice

  • Aim to create an integrated and comprehensive platform of services, bringing together privately funded GP services with State-funded community health services

  • Potential significant benefits to community, patients and GPN members

  • Challenges and opportunities for GPNs


Where to from here
Where to from here........ Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Moving from claiming the space to implementation phase

  • Many unanswered questions

  • Our role to try to influence the answers and outcomes

    • Aim to not have too much imposed

    • And don’t lose or bargain away what we have achieved


Commissioned reports
Commissioned reports Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • KPMG transition plan

  • Carla Cranny & Associates boundary modelling

  • DLA Phillips Fox – membership and governance

  • Eugenia Cronin – leadership and organisational development


Transition plan
Transition plan Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Both a strategy and a plan

    • Based on recent announcements and reasonable assumptions

  • Goes through:

    • Strategic intent: what we are trying to achieve

    • Overview of transition

    • Detailed transition planning


Transition plan 2
Transition plan 2 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Ultimate output a toolkit for transitioning

  • Aim for draft to be released next week

  • Looks complex electronically

    • Will later be issued as manual in a binder with discrete sections

    • Aim to continue to build on it

    • New work and updates to be sent out and slotted in

    • May include State-specific sections

    • Expect will include GPN/PHCO specific sections over time


Transition plan 3
Transition plan 3 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • What is the network transitioning to?

  • Main areas of change:

    • Scope and scale of PHCO operations

    • Additional levels of accountability

    • Boundaries and configuration

    • Governance and membership

    • Level of authority of PHCOs


Transition plan 4 strategy on
Transition plan 4: strategy on.... Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Program objectives, scope and scale of operation

  • Configuration, regional ‘positioning’ and branding

  • Role and function of national organisation

  • Boundaries, size and number

  • Legal structure

  • Membership

  • Governance

  • Partnerships and stakeholder engagement

  • Performance, improvement and quality systems

  • Funding, authority and accountability


Transition plan 5
Transition plan 5 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Due diligence

    • Regardless of pathway chosen, change is coming

    • Need to determine what you want to do

    • What do you want to become, and do you have the capacity, competence and stamina to do it?


Transition plan 6
Transition plan 6 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Five pathways examined

    • NewCo

    • Transition of existing company

    • Merger

    • Branch office

    • Joint venture


Transition plan 7
Transition plan 7 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Staged implementation

    • Transition plan envisages 10 year timeframe to become fully operational

    • Includes pre-transition tasks, establishment phase, consolidation, ongoing transfer of roles and responsibilities to PHCOs, to full operation


Transition plan 8 transition streams
Transition plan 8: Transition streams Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Governance and corporate structure

  • Stakeholder engagement and partnerships

  • Funding

  • Membership

  • Organisational performance & CQI

  • Accountabilities

  • Business processes

  • Change management


Transition plan 9 operating model
Transition plan 9: Operating model Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Strategic planning and development

  • Health service development, delivery and integration elements

  • Population health & community development elements

  • Workforce planning


Next steps
Next steps Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Depend on funding, gov decisions, process, etc

  • Includes development of due-diligence pre-assessment check-list

  • Transition tools and templates (do it once)

  • Project management team

    • Resource clearing house

    • Change management & organisational development support

    • Marketing ad branding


Next steps 2
Next steps 2 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Don’t be put off by transition plan detail

  • Intended as a guide/tool kit/check list – not to be prescriptive

  • Release will be backed up by navigation guide, webinar, ongoing communications, etc

  • Draft for feedback


Governance and membership
Governance and membership Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • DLA Phillips Fox: independent legal advice

  • Based on government announcement, blueprint

  • Independent non-government entities

  • Companies limited by guarantee


Governance and membership 2
Governance and membership 2 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Preferred membership base GP & PHC organisations

    • GPNs or alternative GP entities

    • Community health services

    • Mental heath services

    • ACCHS

    • LHNs

    • Local Government

    • Education providers


Governance and membership 3
Governance and membership 3 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Skills-based Board – some elected and some appointed

  • Strong highly visible clinical leadership

  • Effective clinical governance

  • Consumer and community engagement mechanisms and structures


Governance and membership 4
Governance and membership 4 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Develop as NewCos unless there are compelling local reasons to choose alternative pathways

  • GPN Boards to remain highly mindful of legal responsibilities to existing company during transition process


Governance and membership 5
Governance and membership 5 Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Feedback sought from network on governance and membership by 30 May

  • Also on national organisation, recognising transitioning of AGPN & SBOs

  • Vital role in supporting PHCO transition

  • Need to ensure important skills/IP and functions retained & built upon


Boundary modelling
Boundary modelling Government Department of Health and Ageing

  • Carla Cranny engaged to develop objective assessment of boundaries for PHCOs following NHHRC report and AGPN Blueprint

  • Nationally consistent criteria relevant to proposed roles and functions of PHCOs

  • Modelling based on population health planning principles and service development models for primary health care environments


Core demographic health status and workforce characteristics
Core demographic, health status and workforce characteristics

  • Catchment population size based on June 2008 and projected population growth to 2021

  • Age structure - % 0-4 and % 65 plus and % 85 plus

  • Indigenous and CALD population %

  • Socioeconomic status as proxy for high health need – Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage for PHCO and major variations in proposed catchment

  • Workforce data - limited to GP profile from Division annual returns including patient to GP ratio as need indicator


Design criteria
Design criteria characteristics

  • Align with LGAs, state boundaries, future LHN boundaries, service delivery environment

  • Size and scale varies considerably

  • Recognises need for branch offices, also role as service providers

  • Preferred Victorian option:

    • 8 metro

    • 7 rural


Federal government view
Federal Government view characteristics

  • Half as many PHCOs as LHNs

  • Good to have boundary alignment where possible

  • Open to cross border models

  • Victorian LHNs – likely to be structured very differently to other States


Current possible lhn scenario
Current possible LHN scenario characteristics

  • Vic 44

  • NSW 20

  • Qld 20

  • SA 4

  • WA 4

  • NT 1

  • ACT 1

  • Tas 1

  • Total 95


Organisational leadership development
Organisational & leadership development characteristics

  • Work modelled on UK transition from PCGs to PCTs

  • Focus on leadership, skills development, capacity building, systems design

  • Culture to drive development of high performing PHCOs which maximise skills of workforce and are a truly great place to work

  • Major role for GPNs/PHCOs supported by AGPN & SBOs



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