What is a Health Care Home?
The Health Care Home is an existing general practice or ACCHS that commits to a systematic approach to chronic disease management in primary care, which supports accountability for ongoing high-quality patient care. It uses an evidence-based, coordinated, multi-disciplinary model of care that aims to improve efficiencies and promote innovation in primary care services. It is consistent with similar models adopted successfully around the world, including the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and reflects and formalises the attributes of many high performing primary care practices here in Australia.
The approach provides doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals greater flexibility to shape care around an individual patient’s needs and encourages patients to participate in and direct their own care.
Health Care Home services will now have a deferred and phased start this year, under measures released in the 2017 Budget. Twenty practices will begin Health Care Home services on 1 October 2017. These will be announced soon. The other 180 practices will begin on 1 December 2017.
To see the list of the 200 selected Health Care Homes practices, go to the successful grant recipients’ section on the Department of Health’s Tenders and Grants page.
Refer to the Department of Health website for up-to-date information:
- Health Professionals: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-care-homes-professional
- Consumers: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-care-homes
- May 2017: Selected Health Care Home practices identified
- October 2017: 20 practices begin Health Care Home services
- December 2017: 180 practices begin Health Care Home services
Supporting Health Care Homes
Country SA PHN will be providing a range of support to successful applicants to achieve readiness for implementation of the Health Care Home from October 2017. Further updates and Country SA PHN Health Care Home activity information will be provided via email to successful applicants and this web page.