National Primary Health Care Strategic Framework

Priorities and Objectives

Page last updated: April 2013

The Commonwealth, state and territory governments agree to work together to ensure the ongoing improvement and sustainability of the primary health care system with the goal of ensuring effective, safe services for consumers aimed at providing care in the most appropriate and efficient setting, and improving health outcomes.

The Framework will prioritise action toward the following four strategic outcomes, which have been identified as requiring concerted focus:

  • Build a consumer-focused integrated primary health care system;
  • Improve access and reduce inequity;
  • Increase the focus on health promotion and prevention, screening and early intervention; and
  • Improve quality, safety, performance and accountability.
These strategic outcomes are considered to have the greatest potential to make a difference to consumers and will benefit from improved coordination of effort by governments