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Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy

Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy

The National Primary Health Care Strategy (the Strategy) represents the first comprehensive national policy statement for primary health care in Australia. It provides a road map to guide current and future policy and practice in the Australian primary health care sector.

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Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy

The Strategy identifies 5 key building blocks which are considered essential system-wide underpinnings for a responsive and integrated primary health care system for the 21st century:

  • Regional integration
  • Information and technology, including eHealth
  • Skilled workforce
  • Infrastructure
  • Financing and system performance

Drawing from these are 4 priority directions for change: 

  1. Improving access and reducing inequity
  2. Better management of chronic conditions
  3. Increasing the focus on prevention
  4. Improving quality, safety, performance and accountability

This document is property of the Australian Government: Department of Health and Ageing.