New AMA position statement on GP and LHN collaboration

2 Jul 2020

The AMA recently released its Local Hospital Networks and GP-led Primary Care Services Designed to Reduce Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations position statement. It highlights the key issues that contribute to potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPHs) and the important role that Local Hospital Networks could play in supporting GP-led primary care services designed to reduce PPHs. 

The position statement is part of the AMA's efforts to reorient health funding to prioritise GP-led primary care as a preventative tool. Primary care delivers the best health outcomes and is the most cost-effective part of the health system. Primary care is central to the delivery of high-quality cost-effective health care. The incorporation of pooled funding from LHNs with targeted Federal funding can incentivise models of care that prevent hospitalisations. 

The position statement provides examples of successful models of LHNs supporting GPs to proactively support patients to better manage their health and manage acute and chronic conditions in a primary care setting. 

Read the AMA Position Statement Local Hospital Networks and GP-led Primary Care Services Designed to Reduce Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations here