Integrated Care

Integrated care - vital to he​alth system reform

The integration of health services across hospital, community and primary healthcare settings is crucial to the quality of care and better health outcomes. Low levels of integration and interface lead to gaps in care, conflicting advice or treatments, and duplication and wastage of resources. Patients can experience difficulties in navigating between services or accessing timely and targeted care.

We need to promote a cross-disciplinary, cross-organisational approach; especially for patients who need care for multiple, chronic and often complex health issues.

How is the RACP influencing integrated care policy?

The RACP established the Integrated Care Working Party (ICWP) 2015 - 2017, with representatives from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Consumers Health Forum. They led the development of the foundation document “Integrated Care: Physicians supporting integrated care”.

The College is actively engaged in advocating for changes that will drive and support better integrated care, including developing a model of integrated care involving specialists, improving connected health care, telehealth, digital health, hospital reforms, contributing to consultations on the MBS Review, paediatric policy issues and Indigenous health.

This work is now led by the Health Reform Reference Group. Fellows interested in joining this group may nominate here:

Health Reform Reference Group Nomination Form

Recent submissions, position statements and media

Integrated Care: Physicians supporting better patient outcomes Discussion paper (PDF 231KB)

RACP response to the RACGP ‘Vision for a sustainable future’ discussion paper (PDF 506KB)

Senate Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care (PDF 2MB)

How can I contribute my expertise?

RACP Trainees and Physicians can learn more on the Represent Your Profession page. Alternatively, contact the College at policy@racp.edu.au or use the online contact form.

Health Reform Reference Group Nomination Form

Where can I read more?

Read RACP policies, position statements or submissions by searching the Policy and Advocacy Library or view the latest Policy Submissions.   
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