Integrated Care started with demonstrators sites in
, 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
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
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
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.