In July 2015, across Australia, the new system of 31 primary health networks, with general practice at its core, replaced the previous 61 medicare locals. The 30 primary health networks have been established to lead improvements to the quality and delivery of primary health care. Primary health networks will align with local hospital networks to drive efficiencies and better direct health funding to the delivery of frontline health care services. In NSW, ten primary health networks align to twelve local health districts. See the boundary maps
Integrated care supports a strong collaboration approach for primary health networks and local health districts to work in partnership on improving the health and wellbeing for the local community. The Ministry of Health provides ongoing support through a collaborative governance model to lead on a range of key activities that support local engagement and integration.
Commonwealth primary health networks aim to:
increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes
improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
In order to achieve these objectives, primary health networks have committed to aligning to state local health districts in order to improve frontline service delivery. Both local health districts and primary health networks aim to improve frontline service delivery by working to integrated primary, community and secondary sectors for the benefit of patients. As such, it is important for NSW Health to keep primary health networks and the Commonwealth up to date on our on-going integrated care initiatives and their findings.