Evaluation of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008

1.7 Summary

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The GP Super Clinics Program is in the early stages of maturation, with the ground for reforms in this facet of primary health care being laid with increased investment in infrastructure with the establishment of GP Super Clinics. However, the GP Super Clinics Program is ultimately about patients and their ability to access high quality primary health care. The results of this evaluation at this stage of the GP Super Clinics Program demonstrate that patients have increased access to primary health care in a multi-disciplinary setting and report positive experiences about access to and the quality of their care. Further, the Program is supporting retention and potentially recruitment of GPs into clinics which have the potential to be at the forefront of primary care reform. It will only be as the GP Super Clinics Program matures that the real return on investment in primary health care can be adequately assessed.

In this light, recommendations for enhancing the GP Super Clinics Program and service development for the GP Super Clinics have been made and are included in the final chapter. These recommendations also reflect on learnings of the GP Super Clinics Program for improvement and potentially for consideration by similar programs.