29 August 2018

Mapping primary care in Australia

This report maps primary health care across Australia. It finds that the funding, organisation and management of primary care has not kept pace with changes to disease patterns, the economic pressure on health services, and technological advances. The report calls for a comprehensive national primary care policy framework to improve prevention and patient care; formal agreements between the Commonwealth, the states and Primary Health Networks to improve management; new funding, payment and organisational arrangements to provide better long-term care for the increasing number of older Australians who live with complex and chronic conditions, and to help keep populations healthy.