The NSW Government has committed $180 million over six years to implement innovative, locally led models of integrated care across the State to transform the NSW healthcare system. The Integrated Care Strategy
is across three closely related areas:
- Three Integrated Care Demonstrators: Central Coast, Western Sydney and Western NSW which have begun to implement large scale integrated care initiatives in partnership with other sectors to join up services for local populations.
- A Planning and Innovation Fund - The Innovators:. All LHDs/Specialty Networks that are not Demonstrators have been funded for local, discrete integrated care initiatives. Seventeen projects in total have been funded as Integrated Care Innovators.
- The State-wide Enablers for integrated care including the information structure such as Healthenet - the IT system that links patient information between hospitals and primary care and tools to support integrated care such as patient reported measures (PRMs) and risk stratification tools.
The objectives of the NSW Integrated Care strategy are to transform how we deliver care to improve health outcomes for patients and reduce costs deriving from inappropriate and fragmented care, across hospital and primary care services by:
- focusing on organising care to meet the needs of targeted patients and their carers, rather than organising services around provider structures;
- designing better connected models of healthcare to leverage available service providers to meet the needs of our smaller rural communities;
- improving the flow of information between hospitals, specialists, community and primary care healthcare providers;
- developing new ways of working across State government agencies and with Commonwealth funded programs to deliver better outcomes for identified communities;
- providing greater access to out-of-hospital community-based care, to ensure patients receive care in the right place for them.