Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is currently undertaking a review of all models of chronic disease service delivery across the region to deliver better health outcomes for our communities. The current funding PHNs receive is not significant enough to meet the ever-growing demand for chronic disease services, particularly in rural parts of the region.
While there will continue to be a component of direct service delivery we will also be seeking to explore alternative innovative models which provide evidence-based service provision for clients with chronic disease and those at risk of developing chronic disease.
The structure of this funding will align with the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Disease developed by the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council. At a local level, future funding will be informed by the health needs of the local communities and identified service and workforce gaps.
Scoping and design of the program of work has commenced which will include ongoing consultation and a review of contemporary literature and demographic data relating to chronic disease.
Key priority areas
The process commenced with an allied health provider Think Tank held on the 11th December 2017, where providers were invited to share ideas regarding the needs of their local communities and brainstormed possible solutions.
From this process, some key priority areas were identified which included:
- Mapping of health service pathways which is currently being undertaken within the PHN;
- Further collaboration within specific communities to develop and implement a targeted model to address chronic disease needs. Dalby and Laidley have been identified as the communities in which to undertake this activity further focused activity;
- Increased focus on preventative and self-management programs for high needs clients;
- Provide better access for people at risk of chronic disease Indigenous youth for exercise, housing and employment.
Chronic Disease Tender Opportunities
Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is committed to addressing the priority areas and implementing contemporary chronic disease prevention and management programs.
Changes to chronic disease service delivery present providers with exciting opportunities to continue to work with Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to develop and implement innovative services that have long term, meaningful outcomes for members of our community.
We are pleased to announce tender opportunities for Chronic Disease programs across our region which target the following areas:
- Chronic Disease Client Care Coordination
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Support
- Prevention of Chronic Disease through healthy living and health promotion activities
To view the tenders please visit our e-Tender portal.
For more information on registering for the new e-Tender portal, click here.
Supporting providers through the transition
We acknowledge that the potential changes to chronic disease services may have implications for your business. We recognise our need to support you as the funding model changes and assist you to transition your current client caseload and ensure that your business is well placed to navigate the changes into the future.
Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is in the process of recruiting an Advisor for Chronic Disease to support you through the planning and transition and assist you with the continuity of services for your clients.
They will also be able to assist with business development and support options to scope alternative models if required. Service providers can expect to receive notification once the Advisor is on board. Our Provider Relationship Officers will also continue to provide you with support and guidance in the meantime.