Regional Primary Health Care Organisations

 

Regional Primary Health Care Organisations: population health planning, participation, equity and the extent to which initiatives are comprehensive

In 2013 the Southgate Institute was successful in atttracting over $1 million from the NH&MRC project grant scheme to study regional primary health care organisatoins across Australia. The project aims to examine regional population health planning processes for primary health care and the extent to which they incorporate equity, community participation and social determinants of health in their plans and programs, with a special emphasis on three disadvantaged groups: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, newly arrived migrants/refugees, and people with a mental illness.  The project will also examine partnerships with other organisations, patterns of interactions and power relationships, and the key driving forces in population health planning and decision making.

 Research Plan

Given the government announcement that Medicare Locals will be replaced by new primary health organisations after July 2015, the research team reviewed and amended the research plan.

The project involves two stages: Stage 1 (until July 2015) intends to provide a whole picture of Medicare Locals across Australia in terms of policy, strategies and activities, and the extent to what they have incorporated the attributes of CPHC in govenance, health planning, decision making and priority setting. It also examines partnerships with local PHC stakeholders in providing comprehensive care.  Once the new PHC Networks are established after July 2015, Stage 2 of the project will monitor population health planning processes and the impact of policy changes on PHC collaboration and planning to address the health needs of local communities.

A mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods will be used. These include policy and planning review, survey and interviews with primary health care staff, and interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders.  The study is designed to provide opportunities for knowledge transfer and capacity building in Australian regional PHC organisations concerning the incorporation of CPHC attributes in planning, implementation and evaluation.

Chief Investigators

Professor Fran Baum

Director, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

 Dr Sara Javanparast

Senior Research Fellow, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

 Professor Jeff Fuller

Professor of Nursing, Flinders University

 

Dr Angela Lawless

Senior Research Fellow, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

 Professor Richard Reed

Head of Department, General Practice, Flinders University

 Associate Professor Anna Ziersch

Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Flinders University

 Dr Toby Freeman

Senior Research Fellow, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

 Dr Tamara Mackean

Chair, Royal Australina Cpollege of Physicians Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, Member of the NH&MRC Principal Committee on Health Care, Past President, Australian Indigenous Doctors Association

 

Associate Investigators

Professor Malcolm Battersby

Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit and Flinders Centre for Gambling Research

Mr Jeff Cheverton

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local

Associate Professor Wendy Edmondson

Deputy Director, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Professor Helen Keleher

Director of Population Health Planning and Stakeholder Relations, Frankston-Mornington Peninsular Medicare Local, Board Member of South-Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, and Professor (Adjunct), Monash Unversity School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Professor Michael Kidd AM

Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Chair of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Advisory Council, President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

Professor Ron Labonte

Canada Research Chair in Globalization & Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health, Professor at the Department of Epidemiology & Community Medicine, Univesity of Ottawa

Dr Lareen Newman

Senior Research Fellow, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders Univesity

Professor David Sanders

Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape

Dr Ian White

Principal Policy Advisor, Population Health and Planning, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, (AMLA)

Key Project Staff

 

Professor Fran Baum AO

Tel: (08) 7221 8410

Email: fran.baum@flinders.edu.au

 

   
Dr Sara Javanparast

Dr Sara Javanparast

Tel: (08) 7221 8414

Email: sara.javanparast@flinders.edu.au

   
Mr Toby Freeman

Dr Toby Freeman

Tel: (08) 7221 8468

Email: toby.freeman@flinders.edu.au

 

   
Dr Angela Lawless

Dr Angela Lawless

Tel: (08) 7221 8474

Email: angela.lawless@flinders.edu.au

 

Reports and Publications

 

Please click Stakeholders Consultation Report - Mental Health (PDF 75KB) Report

 

 Please click Stakeholders Consultation Report - Migrant Health (PDF 100KB) Report

 

Please click Stakeholders Consultation Report - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (PDF 76KB) Report

 
Participant Information Sheet (DOC 246KB)