What is Integrated care?
The integration of health services across hospital, community and primary healthcare settings is crucial to the quality of care and better health outcomes. Improving this will help address gaps in care delivery, reduce incidents where patients get conflicting advice or treatments, and help reduce duplication or ineffective use of resources.
How is the RACP influencing integrated care policy?
The RACP’s Integrated Care Working Party, with representatives from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Consumer’s Health Forum, is working to develop the RACP’s position and policy on integrated care, in active consultation with members and other health stakeholders.
The following principles guide College Policy and Advocacy Council's Integrated Care Working Party approach:
- designed for patient-centered care
- a focus on quality and safety
- supporting measurable outcomes
- providing for flexibility and local implementation
- promoting a cross sector approach.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online contact 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