22 November 2018

Capital Health Network, ACT’s Primary Health Network (PHN), has made a submission in response to the ACT Budget 2019/20 Consultation which calls for better support for primary care to improve the health of Canberrans.

Capital Health Network Chief Executive Adj Prof Gaylene Coulton said the seven key priority areas in their submission have been identified through a rigorous and evidence-based Needs Assessment process which monitors the health and wellbeing needs of the ACT population.

“Our submission has been guided by consultation with local service providers and community organisations, collating consumer experiences and feedback, and analysing local data to identify key areas of concern within the local health and welfare systems.  We also look at the social determinants of health which impact on people’s health such as their socio-economic status, level of educational attainment and housing status,” said Adj Prof Gaylene Coulton.

In this submission, we made a number of recommendations to address both economic and health policy imperatives facing the ACT Government in the priority areas of:

1.    care across the continuum

2.    vulnerable and at-risk groups

3.    mental health

4.    aged care

5.    alcohol and drug

6.    chronic disease management

7.    prevention.

“Within these priority areas we’ve identified the key role that primary health care professionals play in assisting Canberrans across their life span.  Just one example is the important role that health professionals play in identifying people experiencing domestic and family violence.  They’re often a trusted first point of contact and can assist patients to access local support services,” said Adj Prof Gaylene Coulton.

Capital Health Network’s role is to advance the way health care is delivered in Canberra.  We address community needs by collaborating with consumers, GPs, clinicians and sector stakeholders to improve health outcomes.  We are unique in our ability to support general practice and design services that fill gaps and deliver lasting improvements.

Capital Health Network’s submission in response to the ACT Budget 2019/20 Consultation can be found here