Related research projects involving participation by staff from the CRE

"Translating primary health care policy into service delivery”

This project is being conducted by staff from the Western Australia Country Health Services (WACHS) Kimberley.  The aim of the project is to demonstrate improved cost effectiveness and/or efficiencies to WACHS while maintaining or improving patient outcomes.  This Research Translation Project is funded by the State Health Research Advisory Council (SHRAC) and the Department of Health to encourage research and translation of outcomes into health care policy and practice.

Dr Carole Reeve (Public Health Physician, Kimberley Population Health Unit, Broome) is leading the research.  The research team comprises Professor Elizabeth Geelhoed (Health Economist, UWA), Professor John Humphreys (School of Rural Health, Monash University), Professor John Wakerman (Director, Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs), Dr Peta Williams (Senior Research Officer, Population Health, WACHS Kimberley), Dr David Reeve (Primary Health Manager, Kimberley Population Health Unit WACHS Kimberley), Mr Tim O’Brien (Director, Kimberley Population Health Unit, WACHS Kimberley), Ms Maureen Carter (Chief Executive Officer Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services), Ms Melissa Vernon (Primary Health, WACHS Area Office), Dr Felicity Jeffries (Director, Clinical Workforce and Reform, WACHS Area Office), Ms Monica Frain (Remote Area Health Manager, WACHS Kimberley), and Ms Vicki Carroll (Project Officer, WACHS Kimberley).

John Wakerman & John Humphreys are assisting with the “Translating primary health care policy into service delivery” project
The aim of the Translating primary health care policy into service deliveryproject is to determine the cost effectiveness of moving from an acute hospital based model of care to a population-focused primary health care model within a WACHS-Kimberley context, in order to better meet the health needs of the Kimberley population. The specific objectives are to maximise the capacity of the existing workforce (efficiency) and to improve effectiveness by utilising an integrated multidisciplinary primary health care model.

The project will be conducted in two phases over two years:  Phase 1 comprises a retrospective analysis of changes that have occurred using clinical audit data, a literature review of best practice primary health models for rural and remote Aboriginal communities, and the development of a health service delivery framework based on these findings.  Using action-based research, Phase 2 comprises improvements to the model and prospective 6-monthly data collection as part of a continuous quality improvement process.

This important project being conducted in the Kimberley region of Western Australia is one of several to which staff from the Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Primary Health Care are providing ongoing advice, assistance and support.