Chronically ill cared for in new way
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a health model that will drastically change how Western Sydney residents with chronic illness are cared for.
The Health Care Homes model will run across 10 primary health networks, including Western Sydney, managed by WentWest.
Western Sydney doctors already have been leading the charge down the path of revolutionising primary health care in Australia.
Under a $120 million plan, health services that are commonly not tied with GP visits but still crucial are formally wrapped in GP practices.
WentWest chief executive Walter Kmet and GP Dr Kean Seng Lim, of Mt Druitt Medical Centre, have both been appointed to two key national committees advising the government on the model’s implementation.
The change will run for two years from July 1, 2017, and is a version of the Patient Centred Medical Home principles local GPs have been testing with WentWest.
Patients that fall under the chronic illness category will have their care managed by teams of professionals rather than shuttling from one service to another.