Evaluation of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008

7.7 Conclusion

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This GP Super Clinics Program is fundamentally a reform program. It is a reform program aiming to change the way primary care is delivered in Australia. These reforms align with those internationally. Reform by its very nature means change; change to the status quo, change to structures and organisations, and changes to the way people – in this instance clinicians, patients and the community - behave.

With change comes resistance. However, these reforms are ultimately about patients, the quality of patient care and the ability to meet community needs. While the Program is in its infancy, this evaluation suggests that ultimately patients are being enabled to access multi-disciplinary primary health care, in buildings that support patients and staff, in an environment where care providers are working collaboratively and where care is well-supported by the use of electronic health records.

The GP Super Clinics Program is, has been and will continue to evolve. This also is in line with reform programs. Part of the evolution in the GP Super Clinics Program should arise from other reforms in primary care occurring concurrently. Maximising these opportunities for aligned evolution with the range of reforms is a key responsibility for the Department of Health and Ageing, for the GP Super Clinics and for the raft of other reform programs.