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PHCRIS Policy Issue Review

Topical Australian health policy issues synthesised with the latest primary health care research.


Browse the collection of Policy Issue Review authored by PHCRIS staff and reviewed by an expert.

Primary health care-based programmes targeting potentially avoidable hospitalisations in vulnerable groups with chronic disease

Potentially avoidable hospitalisations (PAHs) refer to hospitalisations that may (potentially) have been avoided by providing timely and appropriate primary health care, including preventive care. Identifying ways to reduce PAHs is important for health care policy and may lead to improved health ca… more

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May 2016

Predictive risk models to identify people with chronic conditions at risk of hospitalisation

Predictive risk modelling is one method that is used to identify individuals who may be at risk of a hospitalisation event. The Predictive Risk Model (PRM) is a tool for identifying at-risk patients, so that appropriate preventive care can be provided, to avoid both exacerbation and complications o… more

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May 2015

Improving the integration of mental health services in primary health care at the macro level

Mental disorders are highly prevalent in Australia. Comorbidities are common and many individuals with mental health conditions also face a range of non-medical issues. Typically, individuals requiring mental health care are supported in primary health care (PHC), though specialist care is often re… more

April 2015

The role of primary health care in primary and secondary prevention of diabetes

In Australia, diabetes represents a major burden in both human and financial terms, drawing heavily on limited health care resources including trained staff and carers. In contrast to many other health conditions, evidence suggests that many aspects of the burden imposed by diabetes could be avoide… more

March 2015

Allied health integration: Collaborative care for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis, are prevalent in the Australian population, and they impose a substantial burden on the healthcare system and the community. Much of the care for MSK conditions is provided in primary health care (PH… more

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August 2014

Quality improvement financial incentives for general practitioners

This Policy Issue Review explores recent findings about financial incentives that encourage improvements in the quality and safety of care delivered in general practice. International comparisons across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States are included. Oliver-Ba… more

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May 2014

Fly-in Fly-out/ Drive-in Drive-out practices and health service delivery in rural areas of Australia

This Policy Issue Review investigates claims that Fly-in Fly-out/ Drive-in Drive-out (FIFO/DIDO) groups are placing a burden on Australian rural health care services. Based on a rapid review of current literature, and including mining and seasonal workers, as well as grey nomads, the size and healt… more

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March 2014

Integrated care: What policies support and influence integration in health care in Australia?
Report 1

This Policy Issue Review, which is the first of a series of five on integrated primary health care (PHC), examines integration at the macro level. It maps out the policies, agreements and other documents that explicitly refer to integrated care. This map forms a baseline/foundation document of PHC… more

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September 2013

Integrated care: What policies support and influence integration in health care across New Zealand, England, Canada and the United States?
Report 2

This Policy Issue Review, which is the second of a series of five on integrated primary health care (PHC) aims to identify PHC policies that influence integrated care in regions of NZ, England, Canada and the US; and to examine mechanisms within these policies that enable health service integration… more

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September 2013

Integrated care: What strategies and other arrangements support and influence integration at the meso/organisational level?
Report 3

This Policy Issue Review, which is the third of a series of five on integrated primary health care (PHC), examines integration at the meso level. It aims to identify meso level organisations in Australia (and internationally) and discuss their roles in enabling integration in PHC; explore the model… more

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September 2013

Medicare Locals: A model for primary health care integration?
Report 4

This Policy Issue Review, which is the fourth of a series of five on integrated primary health care (PHC), aims to present a brief background around integration and Medicare Locals (ML); describe the nature of the study; highlight results using representative quotes from the research participants; … more

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September 2013

Integrated care: What can be done at the micro level to influence integration in primary health care?
Report 5

This Policy Issue Review, which is the fifth of a series of five on integrated primary health care (PHC), aims to identify factors that influence the delivery of integrated services to consumers at the micro level of the PHC system. This report will examine national and international (NZ, England, … more

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September 2013

Telehealth in primary health care settings within Australia and internationally

This Policy Issue Review examines the evidence on telehealth models in Australia and elsewhere, specifically focusing on real-time videoconsultations involving patients, primary health care providers, and specialists. Bywood P, Raven M, Butler C. (2013). Telehealth in primary health care settings w… more

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June 2013

Allied health video consultation services

This Policy Issue Review focuses on interactive, real-time videoconsultations provided by allied health practitioners (AHPs) to non-hospitalised patients, in settings including residential aged care facilities and private homes. Allied health professions included in this report are: Audiologists, … more

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June 2013

Potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Australia: Causes for hospitalisations and primary health care interventions

This Policy Issue Review examined the literature related to “Potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Australia: Causes for hospitalisations and primary health care interventions”. Katterl R, Anikeeva O, Butler C, Brown L, Smith B, Bywood P. (2012). Potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Au… more

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July 2012

Regionally-based needs assessment in Australian primary health care

This Policy Issue Review summarises a range of different approaches to undertaking regional needs assessments in primary health care. Katterl R, Jackson-Bowers E, Hagger C, Bywood P. (2011). Regionally-based needs assessment in Australian primary health care. PHCRIS Policy Issue Review. Adelaide: P… more

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January 2012

Disparities in primary health care utilisation: Who are the disadvantaged groups? How are they disadvantaged? What interventions work?

This Policy Issue Review draws on recent evidence to provide a picture of who in Australia experiences poor access to primary health care services, including particular areas of need, and how such needs may be remedied through intervention approaches that focus on equitable distribution of quality … more

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June 2011

Initiatives to integrate primary and acute health care, including ambulatory care services

This Policy Issue Review examined information regarding Initiatives to integrate primary and acute health care, including ambulatory services. Bywood PT, Jackson-Bowers E, Muecke S. (2011). Initiatives to integrate primary and acute health care, including ambulatory care services. PHCRIS Policy Iss… more

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March 2011

Local community reporting models for regional primary health care organisations

This Policy Issue Review examined information regarding Models for regional primary health care organisations reporting to local communities. Muecke S. (2010). Local community reporting models for regional primary health care organisations. PHCRIS Policy Issue Review. Adelaide: Primary Health Care … more

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November 2010

Patient Experience of health care performance

This Policy Issue Review examined the mechanisms for measuring patient experience of primary health care; and identified how patient experience has been used in Australia and overseas to inform policy and practice. Kalucy L, Katterl R, Jackson-Bowers E. (2009). Patient Experience of health care per… more

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November 2009

Models of patient enrolment

This Policy Issue Review is an overview of enrolment models relevant to Australian primary health care. A predetermined report structure was designed, reflecting the dimensions of the study questions and searching was targeted, seeking information sources to answer specific, predetermined questions… more

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May 2009

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