The Federal Government has named the 10 regions around the country where trials will be held of its new Health Care Homes model for patients with chronic illness.
Up to 65,000 patients across 200 GP clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services will be involved in the trials which will see a healthcare team, led by a GP, funded to co-ordinate their care.
The trials will involve the Primary Health Network regions of:
- Western Sydney (NSW)
- Perth North (WA)
- Tasmania (TAS)
- Hunter New England and Central Coast (NSW)
- Brisbane North (QLD)
- South Eastern Melbourne (VIC)
- Adelaide (SA)
- Northern Territory (NT)
- Nepean-Blue Mountains (NSW)
- Country South Australia (SA).
Health Minister Sussan Ley said nearly $120 million would be spent on rolling out the first stage of the program, including more than $90 million in payments to support patient care and $21 million for infrastructure, training and evaluation.
Health blog Croakey reported that health groups had welcomed the initiative, but warned that the funding was inadequate.