South Eastern NSW PHN announces funding to transform primary health care in Gilmore

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network today joined Ann Sudmalis MP, Member for Gilmore in announcing almost $60,000 in Commonwealth funding to support two general practices in trialing new models of patient-centred care in the Gilmore electorate.

Dianne Kitcher, CEO of South Eastern NSW PHN said this funding is part of a broader project aimed at incrementally building the capacity and capability of general practices within our region so that they can efficiently transform to a ‘Health Care Home’ (HCH) when it is rolled out nationally by the Department of Health.

“All local general practices were invited to submit an expression of interest to participate in the project, and we congratulate the 13 general practices, including Kiama Medical Practice and Moss Street Medical Practice, which have been selected for this round of funding,” said Ms Kitcher.

Kiama Medical Practice will be part of a Teen Clinic initiative being rolled out by Bega Valley Medical Practice into multiple practices including Bermagui Medical Centre, Curalo Medical Centre (Eden), Lighthouse Surgery (Narooma), and Main Street Medical (Merimbula).

The clinics will be a nurse led, early intervention model of access to primary health care for teenagers, and will be provided with ongoing support and mentoring from Bega Valley Medical Practice.

Moss Street Medical Practice (Nowra) will pilot an integrated care approach for patients with chronic respiratory disease given that hospitalisation rates amongst people living with COPD in the Shoalhaven are estimated significantly higher than the NSW state average rates.

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said more than $430,000 in funding had been allocated to support general practices in south eastern NSW, with an additional $50,000 for GP leadership and practice support staff training.

“I’m pleased to see investment into two of our local practices helping to grow their support services,” she said.

“These practices will provide services that are patient-focused, culturally appropriate and will consider strategies to increase access to health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other minority groups,” said Mrs Sudmalis.

Ms Kitcher said the PHN will continue to support general practices not involved in this part of the project through various quality activities aimed at enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing health care costs and fostering greater satisfaction of health providers.

This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the PHN Program.