Evaluation of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008

7 Discussion – GP Super Clinics Program Maturing

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The GP Super Clinics Program is part of the Australian Government’s health care reforms and, in particular, reflects an increased emphasis on and investment in primary care.3 Primary care reforms are being implemented in most developed nations due to the impacts of the ageing population and chronic disease.3,4,6 The objectives of the GP Super Clinics Program reflect these factors with a focus on multi-disciplinary and integrated care to support care for older people and those with chronic disease. They also focus on the need for infrastructure and capacity to support and sustain these models of care.

This evaluation aimed to describe the context, development and short term impact of the program. To achieve these aims a variety of methods were used in relation to the implementation, establishment and operations aspects of the program. These methods involved the review of documentation, and surveys and interviews with stakeholders relevant to each of the three aspects of the GP Super Clinics Program. The results of each of these data collection methods have been reported in previous chapters. This final chapter aims to describe the implications of these results for the GP Super Clinics Program in the context of its objectives, particularly those related to patients and clinicians, and those more broadly related to the primary health care system.

3Building a 21st Century Primary Health Care System: Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy. Canberra: Australian Government: Department of Health and Ageing;2010.
4Imison C, Naylor C, Maybin J. Under One Roof:Will polyclinics deliver integrated care? London: King's Fund 2008.
6Hutchison B, Levesque J-F, Strumpf E, Coyle N. Primary Health Care in Canada: Systems in Motion. Milbank Quarterly.89(2):256-288.