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South Eastern NSW PHN announces funding to transform primary health care in Eden-Monaro

South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network today joined Senator John Williams, Duty Senator for Eden-Monaro, in announcing $165,000 in Commonwealth funding to support six local general practices in trialing new models of patient-centred care across the region.
According to Dianne Kitcher, CEO of South Eastern NSW PHN this funding is part of a broader project aimed at incrementally building the capacity and capability of general practices within our region so that they can efficiently transform to a ‘Health Care Home’ when it is rolled out nationally by the Department of Health.
“All local general practices were invited to submit an expression of interest to participate in the project, and we congratulate those who have been selected for this round of funding,” said Ms Kitcher.

Bega Valley Medical Practice will roll out a Teen Clinic service model into multiple practices including Bermagui Medical Centre, Curalo Medical Centre (Eden), Lighthouse Surgery (Narooma), Main Street Medical (Merimbula), and one other practice in the Illawarra.
“The clinics will a be nurse led, early intervention model of access to primary health care for teenagers, and will be provided with ongoing support and mentoring from Bega Valley Medical Practice,” said Ms Kitcher.
Jindabyne Medical Practice will implement a system using up-to-date secure technology to provide local families’ access to top pediatricians in Jindabyne.
Senator Williams said this initiative will remove a huge burden off families who until now have been forced into many hours of travel at significant cost to access specialist services.
“Any investment in rural health in the search for better outcomes is a good investment,” said Senator Williams.
“There has always been a great divide between city and regional health services but thankfully with initiatives such as this it will assist our medical specialists and ease the burden on country people,” he said.
Ms Kitcher said the PHN will continue to support general practices not involved in this part of the project through various quality activities aimed at enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing health care costs and fostering greater satisfaction of health providers.
An additional $50,000 was invested in GP leadership and practice support staff training across the South Eastern NSW PHN.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the PHN Program.

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