Your chance to help shape primary care

Do you have ideas about how we can improve primary health care? If you do, there may be an opportunity --- if you sign up this week --- to have your ideas considered in the development of Federal Government policy.

For most Australians, primary health care is our most common contact point with the health system. Whether it is seeing the GP, consulting the pharmacists or having physio, we know how it is important that the service meets our needs and is consumer-centred.

CHF is seeking consumers to participate in our Primary Health Care Special Interest Group to identify what matters to consumers in primary health care and where improvement can be made. It will consider what cultural changes may be needed among GPs, nurses, allied health professionals and policy makers to deliver coordinated, integrated, consumer-centred primary health care. This input will help shape CHF's contributions to the Government’s proposed 10-Year Plan.

The Australian Government has committed to the development of a 10-Year Primary Health Care Plan and CHF sees this as an opportunity to develop a more coordinated, comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to primary health care in Australia. CHF is represented on the Minister's Primary Health Reform Steering Group which is advising on the 10-Year Plan, and we are seeking the input of our members and consumer advocates to inform our contributions to this reform process.

Through this group, CHF hopes to provide a space for those interested in primary health care to share information, communicate perspectives and workshop ideas to enact change. This group is open to all members and consumer representatives but will be capped at 25 consumers. This cap helps keep the group manageable while assuring diversity. The group is co-facilitated by a CHF staff member and a consumer, selected by members voting.

Strong primary health care is central to an efficient, equitable and effective health system. Australia faces the problem of managing a rising number of people with multiple chronic conditions or with risk factors for chronic conditions and we know that a significant proportion of acute hospital admissions could have been treated or prevented through management in primary and community settings. To ensure our health system is sustainable into the future we need to renew our focus on and investment in preventative health and integrated primary health care in community settings.

To register please complete the form below. Submissions will close on Sunday 12 January 2020.

Register for the Special Interest Group


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