An integrated approach to healthcare

Integrated healthcare helps remove duplication, fosters connection, and streamlines patient care. It results in a more holistic system of support, whilst also making the best use of the available funding and resources.

WA Primary Health Alliance is committed to fostering Integrated Healthcare Precincts, in priority locations and direct funding where it will deliver the most impact.

The Precincts will involve several healthcare organisations, working together in a specific location to improve the experience of individuals accessing services, clinicians providing them and to optimise care for people with multiple long-term health conditions.

Promoting and prioritising an integrated health system is one of our core strategic priorities. By focusing on initiatives that better connect the primary health care system along with WA’s hospitals and other mutually dependent funded services, we strive for seamless healthcare, in line with our vision of Better health, together.

Three Design Working Groups co-facilitated by Alex Bickford, Project Lead and Lyn Mahboub, external consultant and Lived Experience Academic, were convened last year and included lived experience consultants, general practitioners, and WAPHA’s partner organisations.

The Design Working Groups considered challenges and opportunities relating to the fostering and practical application of different types of integration, in local communities.

A functional brief outlining WAPHA’s rationale and the policy context for Integrated Healthcare Precincts is currently being finalised. It includes a model for the proposed approach in specific locations.

WA Primary Health Alliance General Manager Strategy and Engagement, Chris Kane, spoke at an Integrated Healthcare Precincts information session about our role in promoting joined up approaches to healthcare.

“We know that a more connected and collaborative primary health care system will improve health equity and health outcomes for all Western Australians.”

“We look forward to working on this exciting project, as we strive together to improve integration and healthcare outcomes across Western Australia.”