Enhancing care coordination
Enhancing the role of nurses and other health professionals in providing more coordinated care to patients could reduce the demand for more general practitioners, and ensure patients are still receiving an appropriate level of care.
In the general practice setting, nurse-led clinics are an alternative model of care delivery where the nurse is the primary provider of care for the patient. This supports a team-based approach, and involves the GP and other members of the practice team.
COORDINARE has supported several local Practices implement Nurse led models of care which you can learn more about below.
Pharmacy in the Practice
In 2019, general practices applied for funding to integrate pharmacists into their care team. Woonona Medical Practice, Queen Street Medical Centre, Main Street Medical Centre, and Queanbeyan GP Super Clinic were successful.
They worked with the pharmacist to assist in medication management, quality use of medicines and compliance, as well as supporting the medication of patients discharged from hospital.
Resilience in general practice
In 2020, we invited practices to implement a quality improvement activity to strengthen their resilience in the context of COVID-19 and/or bushfire recovery.
Increasing access to telehealth provides an opportunity for practices to modify their models of care, ensuring they can continue to provide quality care to those patients most at risk of poor health outcomes.
Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH)
The PCMH model puts the patient at the centre of their care, ensuring they each have the care team they need. Watch this video to learn more.
In 2017-18 our PCMH Innovation Project supported practices to develop and implement their own ideas for service improvement. Read an in-depth analysis, or learn more about the outcomes in the University of Wollongong evaluation report.
Every winter there is a rise in demand for health services and given the presence of COVID-19 in our communities, this is further compounded.
Find COVID-19 and flu vaccination information, to ensure those most at risk of becoming unwell get the care they need.
Projects and models of care
To support ongoing capacity building across our region, the below resources and models of care have been shared for other practices wishing to implement new service models: