New health deal
IMPROVING the health of our community through greater access, quality and teamwork is the mission of the newly formed North Coast Primary Health Network.
As one of 32 networks established across Australia by the Federal Government, the North Coast network aims to make sure everyone can receive care from their chosen GP and the wider health care team.
NCPHN board chairman Dr Tony Lembke said the new organisation would build on the valuable work and partnerships of the North Coast Medicare Local, which has been chosen to establish the new Primary Health Network.
"The focus of NCPHN will be people in our community at risk of poor health outcomes.
"We will improve co-ordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care at the right place at the right time," Dr Lembke said.
NCPHN will work directly with GPs, specialists, allied health practitioners and hospitals to ensure improved health outcomes for patients.
Dr Lembke said the network would engage more with clinicians, those on the ground treating patients.
"To help this process we will have two clinical councils, one in Northern NSW and one on the Mid North Coast," he said.
"These important new bodies will advise the network on all clinical issues. This includes advice on health integration and health care gaps, professional development and education, general practice support and quality improvement programs. In addition we have two community groups advising us on local health issues and concerns."
The government has six priority areas, mental health, Aboriginal health, population health, health workforce, eHealth and aged care.