Investing in primary care

Thank you - Murray PHN's Request for Proposal (RFP) for chronic care funding has now closed. We are currently in the process of reviewing submissions. The announcement of successful tenderers  will be made in due course.

Commissioning is a major policy shift in thinking about how to build collaborative service systems in primary care. We know that change will happen when we focus simultaneously on patient experience, service system capabilities and vulnerable populations in communities of greatest need.

To this end, we provide four key messages to health providers who will partner with us:

  1. Our evidence base is built on data, market analysis and community input. We have developed Murray Exchange to inform and share evidence.
  2. Market analysis requires the market to work with us. Consumers will have better health care and outcomes when we can construct new and collaborative models that work to the specific capabilities and strengths from across the catchment.
  3. Commissioning does not drive competition. It requires providers to work together. Service system reform will need strong, collaborative and well informed partnerships in order to address the fragmented, confusing, and at times, inaccessible primary care service system.
  4. Commissioning framework is a continuous cycle of work and we are involved in system change at different stages of that cycle.

2017/18 Commissioning at a glance
Our commissioning investment will support service and system improvement in areas of identified need which include Indigenous health, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cardiovascular disease, mental health and alcohol and other drugs.

There are two waves of investment that move us from 17/18 which builds a starting point that aligns investment with health priorities and applies models of care; through to the implementation of collaborative dialogue with the market to support full commissioning in 2018. With this comes a shift from annual funding arrangements to multi-year agreements.

Click here for the full commissioning direction and intentions.
Click here for opportunities for collaboration in system change PowerPoint.
Click here for chronic disease management model of care evidence summary (May 2017).

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