We are committed to supporting and promoting the implementation of models of care that keep patients well, and where possible, in their community. Our goal is to work in partnership with Hospital and Health Services (HHSs), Primary Health Networks (PHNs), other government departments and the community, to share examples of good practice, inspire providers to work differently, and explore new ideas for overcoming barriers to integrated care.
Almost half of all Queenslanders aged 65 and over have chronic disease, and one in five have two or more. With a rapidly ageing population this number will rise and with that the burden of disease on our health system and in our communities.
Currently care for people with chronic disease is fragmented—acute care and primary care predominately work in isolation and patient care is not coordinated. To overcome these challenges, Queensland Health is moving towards an integrated system so that patients can move easily between services from primary healthcare through to specialised sub-acute, rehabilitation and acute care in hospital and non-hospital settings across the continuum of prevention through to end stage care.
An integrated and well-coordinated care pathway for patients is essential to achieve excellent health outcomes and reduce waste in the health care system. This ensures the needs of consumers are placed at the centre, resulting in improved patient satisfaction and better health outcomes.