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Collaborative Care for Remote and Rural Communities Planning Project

Background

Announced in the Australian Government’s 2021-22 Budget and expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021, the Collaborative Care for Remote and Rural Communities Planning Project (‘Collaborative Care’) is a targeted approach to support the development and sustainability of localised remote and rural community health service and workforce models.

The premise of Collaborative Care is the adaption of NSW Rural Doctors Network’s (RDN) ‘town-based health workforce planning’ approach, which has proven successful for more than 30 years in supporting community-orientated health planning.

In response to changing work practices, technology improvements and increasing difficulty in sustaining small-town general practice and primary health care services, Collaborative Care enables a coordinated a sub-regional approach to health service and workforce planning.
Collab Care Canowindra Nov 2020

Activities

The project will initially support the implementation over 18 months of sub-regional health service and workforce planning in five areas in western NSW and the Murrumbidgee region. These include: 

  • the Canola Fields (Canowindra and its surrounding towns)
  • the 4Ts (Tottenham, Tullamore, Trangie and Trundle)
  • Wentworth Shire
  • the Lachlan health region (based around Parkes and Forbes)
  • the Snowy Valley health region (Tumut, Batlow, Adelong Tumbarumba).

The projects will connect with existing Australian Government and NSW Ministry of Health initiatives.

Who is involved? 

RDN submitted the Collaborative Care for Remote and Rural Communities Planning Project to the Australian Government Department of Health on behalf of itself and five other collaborating agencies:

  • Western NSW Local Health District
  • Far West NSW Local Health District
  • Murrumbidgee Local Health District
  • Western NSW Primary Health Network
  • Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network

These agencies will cooperatively administer the Collaborative Care project. Implementation will involve working with many other local, state and national stakeholders as the project develops.

More information

For more information, contact the Collaborative Care Project Lead at RDN, Sarah Davies, on sdavies@nswrdn.com.au or +61 2 4924 8000.