We are delighted to be the sole recipient of just over $1.8 million in federal funding to develop and trial a model of integrated and coordinated care to improve support for rural patients in the Warren Blackwood. This model will offer patient-centred care and there will be no wrong door in accessing services for local patients.
GPs will be better supported by working with multi-disciplinary teams, including nurses and allied health professionals. Treatment, support and engagement plans will be designed according to patient needs, and new referral pathways will enable timely access to GPs and other services.
Central to the model is a Clinical Care Coordination team, including mental health professionals, to ensure collaboration between services so patients can access the range of services they need, at the right time. The Clinical Care Coordination team will be located in a walk-in centre where patients’ needs will be assessed and treatment and engagement plans developed. Patients will be supported throughout their journey to connect with local GPs and other health and wellbeing services.
The walk-in centre will offer an alternative to emergency department presentations during normal hours providing assessment and commencement of treatment where appropriate.
Through enabling people at risk of poor health outcomes to access the support they need, the aim is to reduce dependence on GP support. Assistant Minister Rural and Regional Health, Emma McBride, MP said, “The Innovative Models of Care program is designed to support local solutions to workforce shortages and improve patient care for people living in rural and regional Australia. This trial will help both patients and health practitioners in the Warren Blackwood region to deliver the best healthcare for their community.”
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.