How do we support integrated team care?
We commission services to employ care coordinators so they can take an integrated team care approach.
Care coordinators are qualified health workers, such as nurses and Aboriginal health workers, with clinical skills who can understand patients’ health needs and know how to help with those needs.
They work across Indigenous and mainstream primary care sectors to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to obtain primary health care.
In particular, they provide care coordination services to eligible people with chronic disease who require multidisciplinary care, which also improves access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to receive culturally appropriate mainstream care.
What are the aims of integrated team care?
Integrated team care aims to:
- improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with chronic health conditions, through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care
- close the gap in life expectancy by improving access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services (including but not limited to general practice, allied health and specialists) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Who's eligible to receive integrated team care?
To be eligible, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients must:
- be enrolled for chronic disease management through a general practice or an Aboriginal Medical Service
- have a GP management plan
- be referred by their GP.
Please note that dental is not an eligible condition for the purposes of integrated team care.
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