Coordination, Integration and Collaboration are priority areas identified in WNSW PHN’s 2016 needs assessment.

Strong clinical and community engagement underpins these activities. WNSW PHN supports research and development initiatives and often conducts such initiatives in partnership with other organisations.

Research projects supported by WNSW PHN are:

Dubbo Diabetes Project (Phase 2)

The Dubbo Diabetes Project ‘whole of locality’ is a partnership between Western NSW LHD and WNSW PHN. The project is funded through the NSW Health Integrated Care Strategy until 30 June 2017.

Phase two of the project builds on the learnings of phase one; initiated in 2013, a partnership between Western NSW LHD, WNSW PHN and Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services to improve the health of Aboriginal people in Dubbo, with diabetes mellitus type 2.

Phase two of the Project encompasses all patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 and health care providers involved in diabetes care in Dubbo. The overarching vision is to reduce the impact of Diabetes on people in Dubbo through working with patients and partners across the various health care services with particular emphasis on General Practice being the gateway to the health system and typically the coordinator of care for chronic disease patients. The four key domains of the project are Education, Communication, Workforce and Service Reform and in addition, ensuring a strong focus on monitoring and evaluation.

By working collaboratively with all the key diabetes stakeholders including General Practice, NGOs, private health providers, pharmacists and public health services, through the delivery of effective and coordinated diabetes services, the project hopes to improve health outcomes for both diagnosed and undiagnosed people with type 2 diabetes, within the Dubbo LGA.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • Improved communication mechanisms
  • Enhanced clinical capacity relating to diabetes care
  • Enhanced GP-led patient centred multidisciplinary team management of diabetes care
  • Enhanced early detection of type 2 diabetes
  • Improved diabetes outcomes by reduced occurrence of diabetes-related complications and enhanced quality of life
  • Improved patient experience

Aged Care Building Partnerships Project (Dubbo)

The Aged Care Building Partnerships Project was completed in June 2016.

The Building Partnerships project, funded by NSW Health, was a project to develop and test a collaborative and integrated model of care that ensured vulnerable older people in Dubbo, with complex health needs, had a coordinated and seamless pathway to access the right care in the right place at the right time. Partners in the project included WNSW PHN, Western NSW LHD, Ambulance Service of NSW, Lourdes Hospital Aged Care, General Practice and CareWest.