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Media Release - Funding Organisation Welcomes Change

October 04, 2017

In an historic move, the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN has changed its constitution and expanded its membership base to include a variety of peak bodies and primary health care organisations.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of national health reforms, the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN was formed under a joint venture between the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and GP Connections in 2015 and is operated as an independent non-government, private entity.

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Chairman, Mr John Minz said, “The primary role of the PHN is to commission health care service delivery, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes within the Darling Downs and West Moreton regions.

“Through significant revision of our constitution, membership of the organisation has been opened up to primary health care providers throughout the Darling Downs and West Moreton Communities in a bid to further improve health care service delivery across the region.”

Chairman of GP Connections and founding member of Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, Dr Hume Rendle-Short said “primary health care delivery needs to be led by primary care professionals who live and work in the region.  Our expectation is that through improving the diversity in our membership, we can achieve stronger results with service integration and therefore better health outcomes for patients across our entire region. 

“We are looking forward to working closely with our new members to continue to ensure increased integration and accessibility of primary health across the region.”

Organisations who work in the primary health sector and who have a footprint in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region are eligible for membership.

 

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