The GP Super Clinics Program was one part of the health reforms, including primary care reforms, implemented by a newly-elected Labor government in 2007. The localities of the GP Super Clinics were based on criteria relating to need. The program provided grant funds to the value of $181.7 million for the construction or refurbishment of existing infrastructure for the first 36 GP Super Clinics, across 37 localities.
This evaluation addressed three aspects of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008:
- Implementation: administration of the Program by the Department of Health and Ageing
- Establishment: the planning and construction of the 36 GP Super Clinics over 37 sites established in the 2007-2008 tranche
- Operations: service delivery in the seven clinics which were operational for a minimum of six months prior to the commencement of the evaluation.
Methods for the evaluation were tailored to each of the aspects of the GP Super Clinics Program. Common methods across each aspect included desk reviews, surveys and interviews with representatives of key stakeholder groups. A value-for-money assessment tool was also developed for the establishment aspect.