The National Primary Health Care Strategy

The National Primary Health Care Strategy represents the first comprehensive national policy statement for primary health care in Australia. It provides a road map to guide current and future policy and practice in the Australian primary health care sector.

The Strategy identifies 5 key building blocks which are considered essential system-wide underpinnings for a responsive and integrated primary health care system for the 21st century:

Regional integration
Information and technology, including eHealth
Skilled workforce
Financing and system performance

Drawing from these are 4 priority directions for change:

Key Priority Area 1: Improving access and reducing inequity
Key Priority Area 2: Better management of chronic conditions
Key Priority Area 3: Increasing the focus on prevention
Key Priority Area 4: Improving quality, safety, performance and accountability

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