Government Initiative

An overview of the program guidelines
  

GP Super Clinics will be rolled out progressively over the next four years at 31 locations across Australia. There will be significant variation in the health needs and priorities of each community. The intention is that arrangements will allow flexibility in how GP Super Clinics responds to these needs and priorities. Each application for funding processes will be tailored for the locality, taking account of the specific circumstances of that community, the outcomes of local community consultations and, where appropriate, the contribution of the State or Territory government.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

While there is not a prescriptive model for GP Super Clinics, there are a number of core characteristics which the Commonwealth expects each funded clinic to demonstrate:

GP Super Clinics will provide their patients with well integrated multidisciplinary patient centred care. GP Super Clinics will support their patients, particularly those with, or at risk of, chronic disease(s), with the option of receiving the full range of health services they need in a coordinated manner, where possible and appropriate, in a single convenient location. Underpinning this care will be integrated models of clinical governance and shared care protocols, as well as a strong focus on supporting patient self management.

GP Super Clinics will be responsive to local community needs and priorities, including the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ensuring GP Super Clinics address local needs and priorities and have local community support will be a key element of the establishment process. As part of a demonstrated long term commitment to local health care services, organisational governance arrangements for the clinics will need to provide for ongoing community engagement and input.

GP Super Clinics will provide accessible, culturally appropriate and affordable care to their patients. While health professionals will retain their autonomy over billing, GP Super Clinics will be strongly encouraged to bulk bill Medicare Benefits Schedule funded services.

GP Super Clinics will provide support for preventive care, including promotion of healthy lifestyles, addressing risk factor and lifestyle modification to prevent chronic disease and improving early detection and management of chronic disease.

GP Super Clinics will demonstrate efficient and effective use of Information Technology. This would include an electronic clinical information system that can make patients’ medical records available (with patient consent) to all practitioners (including allied health professionals) at the GP Super Clinic and to external providers as appropriate.

GP Super Clinics will provide a working environment and conditions which attract and retain their workforce. This could entail a range of models, including scope for health professionals to contribute clinical sessions and teaching activities, possibly on a salary basis, without needing to consider routine administrative and practice management activities. As workplaces of choice, GP Super Clinics will also provide support for primary health care research to complement clinical service delivery.

GP Super Clinics will be centres of high quality best practice care and will be expected to meet industry accreditation standards, including accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ Standards for General Practice (3rd edition), and accreditation for training, where this is applicable. Where appropriate, GP Super Clinics would also be encouraged to participate in the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program.

Post establishment, GP Super Clinics will operate with viable, sustainable and efficient business models, drawing revenue from existing programs and initiatives (including provision of health services under usual fee for service arrangements), and potentially other sources such as community partners.

The GP Super Clinics program will support the future primary care workforce by providing high quality education and training opportunities supported by infrastructure for trainee consulting rooms, teaching rooms and training facilities to make general practice attractive to students, new graduates, GP trainees and registrars and other health professionals.

GP Super Clinics will integrate with local programs and initiatives, demonstrating enhanced co-ordination with other health services and a partnership approach to local health service planning and coordination. This will further strengthen local general practice and the broader local primary health care services.