Community members across the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) region are set to receive improved access to after-hours primary health care services in their local area, as part of the Western NSW After Hours Services Project recently commissioned by WNSW PHN, set to run over the coming year.
The contract to deliver the services has been awarded to Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd (RaRMS) - a not-for-profit organisation providing primary healthcare services in rural and remote NSW communities since 2001.
Throughout the project, RaRMS will work closely with several key stakeholder organisations in a collaborative approach, including Marathon Health and the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), the Western NSW Local Health District, the Far West NSW Local Health District, other after-hours service providers, and importantly, communities right across the WNSW PHN region.
During the After Hours Services Project, a place-based review of existing after-hours services will be undertaken to determine what more can be done to improve the access and quality of after-hours services available for all community members, into the future.
With after-hours services comprising of a mix of face to face services from co-located clinics in the base hospitals in Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Broken Hill; increased utilisation of technology to promote more remote GP services to smaller rural/remote communities; and importantly, ensuring models of care are implemented to better support residents in residential aged care facilities.
27 April 2018 - Reviewing and improving after-hours care across the western region