GP Urgent Care Pilot gears up to launch

The GP Urgent Care Network Pilot is a step closer to go live, with 133 general practices enrolled to take bookings from 10 September.

The model, developed and delivered by WA Primary Heath Alliance in partnership with WA Health, uses existing capacity and capability in general practices.  It will give greater choice to patients by allowing them to receive urgent care in the general practice setting, thus reducing ‘GP type’ presentations at emergency departments.

Bookings will be accessible via healthdirect Australia’s enhanced National Health Services Directory platform, which is being developed specifically to support this project.

Participating practices will benefit from opportunities for promotion to the public, upskilling in urgent care and further development of practice relationships with emergency departments and diagnostic providers.

Also included in the pilot is behavioural change research being undertaken by Curtin University to understand how to influence patient behaviour to attend a GP Urgent Care Network practice rather than an emergency department.

WA Primary Health Alliance has worked closely with the Royal College of General Practitioners.

WA Faculty, the Australian Medical Association (WA) and GPs from a range of practice models to inform the development of the Pilot.

Interested practices can still apply to participate.

Click here   to find out more and complete an application.