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Integrated Care started with demonstrators sites in Cobar , Cowra , Dubbo , Molong  and Wellington , and has been extended to other communities as we've developed our model.

Integrated Care is led by local GPs and health providers in each community and will operate slightly differently in each community to ensure it addresses the key health requirements of the patients.

Second wave sites announced

NSW Government expands Western NSW Integrated Care Strategy

Minister Skinner announced the second wave sites during a visit to the Molong HealthOne on 19 January 2016.

NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner today announced five new sites have been selected to join the Western NSW Integrated Care health transformation.

The Western NSW Integrated Care Strategy is a NSW Health initiative aimed at transforming health services to improve health outcomes for rural and remote communities and reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions.

Minister Skinner made the announcement during her visit to Molong HealthOne which was one of the first sites to adopt the Western NSW Integrated Care Strategy in mid-2014. Minister Skinner was joined by Member for Orange, Andrew Gee.

The next wave of Integrated Care sites include Blayney and Mudgee – who both focus on patients with chronic and complex health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Coonamble and Walgett have also been selected to join the Integrated Care Strategy and will focus on patients in the first 2000 days of life.

Western NSW is one of three local health districts chosen by the NSW Government in 2014 to lead the Integrated Care health transformation. The Western NSW Local Health District has partnered with the Primary Health Network, general practice and Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health to deliver the Integrated Care Strategy and ensure that real change is made across the health sector with a strong focus on closing the Aboriginal health gap.

NSW Health is helping to deliver integrated care by investing in the right IT, education and resources to strengthen the connection between general practice, hospitals and other health providers. By working together, health providers can create a more holistic view of a patient’s health needs and health history (physical, mental and social) in order to deliver better patient-centred care.

Molong, Cowra, Wellington, Dubbo and Cobar were chosen as the first wave sites to adopt this ground-breaking initiative. Since the launch, more than 600 patients have been enrolled in the Western NSW Integrated Care Strategy and results have been extremely positive.

“To date, the most rewarding achievement for Western NSW has been successfully creating new ways of working for general practice and community providers, and being able to improve the health for patients across the primary and secondary health services,” said Dr Robin Williams, Local Health District Board Chairman and Molong HealthOne GP.

The Minister of Health has introduced standardised reporting and evaluation tools to accurately measure the benefits of Integrated Care for health providers and, most importantly patients. Learnings from the first wave sites have been used to ensure the ongoing success of Integrated Care as it continues to ​expand throughout the district.

All the sites have commenced planning and will begin enrolling patients soon.