24 July 2017

During AMA’s Family Doctor Week (23-29 July 2017), AMA ACT and Capital Health Network (CHN) joined together to highlight the key role that local family doctors play in the high-quality management of their patients.

AMA ACT President Prof Stephen Robson said Canberrans are reminded that their GP plays a holistic and proactive role in their health care.

"Having a regular GP is not only good for your health but helps ensure that you receive continuity of care.  This is fundamental to good preventive care," said Prof Robson, AMA ACT President.

The primary focus of a GP is firmly on what is best for the patient when it comes to preventive health, diagnostics and treatment, chronic disease management, and end of life care. 

“When people have a trusted family doctor, it is good for their health.  We know that if you have an ongoing relationship with your family doctor you will experience better health outcomes,” said Prof Robson.

CHN Chief Executive Gaylene Coulton said we have a strong primary health care system in the ACT. 

“The recent AIHW report showed that the ACT has the lowest rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations in all three of the broad categories of acute conditions, chronic conditions and vaccine-preventable conditions,” said Ms Coulton, CHN Chief Executive.

The theme for AMA Family Doctor Week 2017 is Your family doctor: all about you.

 “We’re proud to be supporting AMA Family Doctor Week.  Our local GPs continue to deliver high-quality care and provide such an important role in managing people with chronic conditions and keeping them out of hospital,” said Ms Coulton.

CHN, through the ACT PHN programme, is working closely with general practices to provide them with tools and information to improve the identification, assessment and management of patients with chronic disease or those at-risk of developing chronic disease.

Capital Health Network is the ACT’s primary health network supporting health professionals to improve the coordination of care so that patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.