Innovative Models Promoting Access and Coverage Transformation (IMPACT)
“Universal health coverage is the goal that all people obtain the health services they need. Universal health coverage is not possible without universal access.”(David B Evans, World Health Organization)
Globally, primary health care is recognised as central to improving health for all, yet vulnerable groups still find it difficult to access care. Recent and widespread reforms in primary health care in western countries reflect a growing concern that health systems should become more affordable, inclusive and fair.
Improved access to primary health care for vulnerable populations will be one of the outcomes of a collaborative research juncture between the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The resulting Australian Canadian Joint Centre of Research Excellence ‘Innovative Models Promoting Access and Coverage Transformation (IMPACT)was created in 2014 with an aim to give governments, health services and health consumers in both countries a rich understanding of what really matters in optimising access to needed community based primary health care.
Recent and widespread reforms in primary health care reflect a growing concern that health systems should become more affordable, inclusive and fair. In Australia and Canada such reforms have prioritised access to effective and high-quality health services, with equity being at the heart of that system. Despite these reforms, meaningful gaps in equitable access to community-based primary health care remain. These gaps particularly affect vulnerable groups.
The Centre’s Australian effort will support localised innovations in primary health care services in three outer suburban locations including Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The program will culminate in the trialling of ‘world’s best practice’ innovations to assist access to health care for groups whose demographic, geographic, or economic characteristics impede or prevent their access to primary care services. One of the regions requiring immediate attention is on our doorstep in south-east Melbourne.
In south-east Melbourne, the research team will be working to link patients attending major health services, such as Monash Health, who lack reliable access to a practitioner with a suitable general practice. Up to 20 general practices willing to provide ongoing care to these patients will be recruited into the program. Practices participating in the evaluation of the work will be compensated up to $1,300 as honorarium.
General practice sits at the heart of community-based primary health care and your involvement will be integral to achieving optimal health for all.
For further information about the project please visit our website www.med.monash.edu.au/spahc/impact/
To express interest in your practice being involved, please contact Dr. Marina Kunin via email: email@example.com or phone: (03) 9902 0053.