The Australian experiment: how primary health care organizations supported the evolution of a primary health care system

Nicholson, Caroline, Jackson, Claire L., Marley, John E. and Wells, Robert (2012) The Australian experiment: how primary health care organizations supported the evolution of a primary health care system. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 25 Suppl 1: S18-S26. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2012.02.110219


Author Nicholson, Caroline
Jackson, Claire L.
Marley, John E.
Wells, Robert
Title The Australian experiment: how primary health care organizations supported the evolution of a primary health care system
Journal name Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-2625
1558-7118
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3122/jabfm.2012.02.110219
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 25
Issue Suppl 1
Start page S18
End page S26
Total pages 9
Place of publication Lexington, KY, United States
Publisher The American Board of Family Medicine
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Primary health care in Australia has undergone 2 decades of change. Starting with a vision for a national health strategy with general practice at its core, Australia established local meso-level primary health care organizations—Divisions of General Practice—moving from focus on individual practitioners to a professional collective local voice.

The article identifies how these meso-level organizations have helped the Australian primary health care system evolve by supporting the roll-out of initiatives including national practice accreditation, a focus on quality improvement, expansion of multidisciplinary teams into general practice, regional integration, information technology adoption, and improved access to care. Nevertheless, there are still challenges to ensuring equitable access and the supply and distribution of a primary care workforce, addressing the increasing rates of chronic disease and obesity, and overcoming the fragmentation of funding and accountability in the Australian system.
Keyword Australia
Health care reform
Primary health care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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