For health professionals’ information, go to Health Care Homes for health professionals.
Health Care Homes program extended
In December 2018 the Government announced the extension of the Health Care Homes program for an additional eighteen months to 30 June 2021. The period allowed for patient enrolment has also been extended to 30 June 2019, or until enrolment reaches the program’s new patient cap of 12,000.
This extension will allow the general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services already participating in the program further time to implement new flexible models or care tailored to the needs of their patients. More information on the program extension is provided in the frequently asked questions section of the website.
About Health Care Homes
One in four Australians have at least two chronic health conditions 1. These people need services from different health professionals working in different locations. Often there is a lack of coordination and communication between the different parts of the health system. This can be frustrating for patients, their families and carers. It can also put patient safety at risk and cost the health system more.
A Health Care Home is a general practice or ACCHS that coordinates care for patients with chronic and complex conditions.
A patient with chronic conditions, who could benefit from Health Care Homes’ flexible, coordinated care, could enrol if they are assessed as eligible by a participating Health Care Home.
What are the benefits for patients?
- My care team — you have a committed care team, led by your usual doctor.
- My shared care plan — with the support of your care team, you will develop a shared care plan. This plan helps you have a greater say in your care; and makes it easier for all the people who look after you, both inside and outside the Health Care Home, to coordinate your care.
- Better access and flexibility — with a care team behind you, you have better access to care. Health Care Homes can also be more responsive and flexible. If you want to talk to someone in your care team, you won’t always need an appointment with your GP. You might call or message the practice team. Or they might call you to see how you’re going.
- Better coordinated care — your care team will do more to coordinate all your care from your usual doctor, specialists and other health professionals.
Can I become a Health Care Home patient?
- have a Medicare card
- would benefit from the Health Care Home model of care
- and are assessed as eligible by a participating Health Care Home
then you could enrol as a patient.
If you would like to become a Health Care Home patient, ask your GP if their practice is a Health Care Home or check the list below of participating Health Care Homes.