NSW Government has a history of working collaboratively with the Australian Government in the development of the Multipurpose Service (MPS) program. Informed by robust service planning and community support, NSW Health has provided over $400 million in capital funding for the redevelopment of 64 facilities to increase service quality and efficiency.
Implementation of the MPS model
The characteristics of rural communities and service delivery which best support the implementation of the MPS model include:
- insufficient catchment populations to sustain separate acute hospital, residential care, community health and home care services (generally from around 1,000 to 4,000 persons)
- inability to access the mix of health and aged care services appropriate to the needs due to isolation
- complementary (rather than competing) services
- service catchments which reflect a common sense of community
- consumer and community involvement in, and commitment to, the MPS model
- support for the MPS from existing services, including local health professionals such as general practitioner(s)
- capacity to achieve financial viability under MPS funding arrangements
- willingness and capacity to participate in the change management processes essential to gaining the most benefit from the flexibility of the MPS model
- no adverse impact on services in nearby towns.