The Australian coordinated care trials: success or failure?

Adrian J Esterman and David I Ben-Tovim
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04911.x
Published online: 4 November 2002

The second round of trials may provide more answers

The coordinated care trials were nothing if not ambitious! In 1994, the Council of Australian Government proposed that the organisation, funding and management of health and community services could be restructured into three streams: 1

  • 1 Department of General Practice, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA.


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