Aims of Advanced Primary Health Care Centres
UQ believes effective collaboration between health professionals offers the best care for patients and UQ Health Care’s unique model of delivery provides an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary practice.
Key aims are:
1. Develop and assess the effectiveness of patient centred, interdisciplinary clinical models for community management of patients with chronic disease and/or risk factors for chronic disease. These models must:
a. Be financially sustainable
b. Deliver quality, evidence-based chronic disease management services
c. Empower patients to self manage their chronic diseases
2. Develop, trial and evaluate new health professional roles for primary health care, recognising the value of all health professionals and their particular skill sets
3. Develop eHealth solutions which enhance the capability of Primary Health Care to:
a. Integrate patient care across the continuum of health services
b. Enhance local health professionals’ capabilities to manage chronic disease
c. Enhance patients’ capabilities to manage their own health care
d. Evaluate the impact of chronic disease management strategies in terms of clinical outcomes, cost-benefit analysis and quality of life.
4. Develop vital and previously neglected community-based education opportunities for health professional students, which incorporate private health services (GPs and private hospitals) and provide vertical and horizontal integration of training opportunities.
5. Develop and implement community based, primary health care research strategies focusing on the prevention and management of chronic diseases and associated lifestyle risk factors.
6. Share this knowledge through appropriate fora and actively participate in the development of new models of Primary Health Care.