Message from the chair
Exciting developments are happening for health consumers in Australia and I find it heartening to finally see conditions changing. Sure, not all is perfect and there is still a long way to go, but the work of the National Primary Health Care Advisory Group shows that things are moving.
The recommendations of this group will have a big impact on how GP services are delivered and paid for, so it is vital health consumers are involved and have a say.
The current proposals aim to improve disease management, coordination of care and equity and patient participation through reforms such as:
I urge all of you to have a look at the discussion paper and consumer factsheet. Please get back to us with any ideas and thoughts you have as we will coordinate a submission from Health Consumers NSW. There is also the option to complete an online survey.
- enrolling people to a single health provider who would coordinate the patient’s multi-disciplinary care needs and
- establishing defined packages of care for chronic disease.
On another note, I would like to thank some of our staff and welcome others. Serena Joyner has left, after finishing her work on the joint Health Consumers NSW and WentWest Consumer Engagement Project. She has done a fabulous job and her most notable legacies are a fantastic engagement model and a toolkit for consumers. Thanks and well done!
Also, albeit a temporary, farewell to our Communication Officer Julia Brockhausen. Julia is expecting her second baby at the beginning of October and will be on a year of maternity leave from early September. In the last year, she has worked hard to set up our communication channels, give us a visual identity and a brand new website (to be live soon). Thank you Julia and we can’t wait to meet your little girl.
Finally a big welcome to Irene Valis, an experienced events and communications professional, who will be replacing Julia during her maternity leave.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at our Annual General Meeting on 16 October in Sydney.
Betty Johnson AO