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Australia’s Health Care Homes: laying the right foundations

Claire L Jackson and Steven J Hambleton
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (9): 380-381. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01470

The Health Care Home is a central component of our national health reforms, and refining the model for broader implementation is essential

It seems a long time since April 2016, when the then federal Health Minister accepted all 15 Primary Health Care Advisory Group recommendations to improve care for Australians with complex, chronic health conditions. Recommendations included a mix of initiatives in system integration, care targeting, outcome measurement, change management and payment redesign.1 Central to this reform was the Health Care Home (HCH) — a change in traditional arrangements between patients and their general practices or Aboriginal community controlled health services.1

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  • Claire L Jackson1
  • Steven J Hambleton2

  • 1 Centres for Primary Care Reform Research Excellence, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2 Primary Health Care Advisory Group, Canberra, ACT

Correspondence: c.jackson@uq.edu.au

Competing interests:

Claire Jackson (member) and Steven Hambleton (Chair) contributed to the Primary Health Care Advisory Group report. Claire Jackson is a member of the HCH Guidelines, Education and Training Working Group, and the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee. Steven Hambleton is a member of the HCH Implementation Advisory Group, Deputy Chair of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Taskforce and a clinical program co-sponsor (including HCHs) for the Australian Digital Health Agency. Claire Jackson is a member of the MJA Editorial Advisory Committee and Steven Hambleton is member of the Australasian Medical Publishing Company Board.

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