Chron­i­cally ill cared for in new way

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

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.

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