We would like to invite you to join a new program called Health Care Homes.

What is a Health Care Home?
Health Care Homes is an Australian Government-funded initiative. Our practice is one of approximately 200 Health Care Homes taking part in this two-year program that runs until November 2019. As a Health Care Home we will be providing patients who have chronic and complex health conditions with more flexible and tailored care. Complex conditions include long-term conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung conditions.

What are the benefits?
We are contacting you because we think the Health Care Homes’ model of care could be beneficial for you. Here are some of the benefits:

 

  • Your doctor and care team — you can choose the doctor you currently see to lead a care team. This care team will work with you to look after your health and address any concerns you have. The care team might include your doctor, the practice nurse and medical assistant.

 

  • A shared care plan — a shared care plan will be developed with you to help set your health goals; and a way of achieving them. It will help us keep an eye on all your conditions and your care.
     
  • Convenience — you can talk to a member of your care team, without always having to make an appointment with your doctor. We might call or email you about your care; and sometimes you might only need to see another member of your care team such as the practice nurse.


What do I do now?
If you would like to know more, call the practice on 08 8359 6266 to make an appointment for an introductory consultation. This appointment may take 30 minutes. At this consultation, you can ask questions about Health Care Homes and we will also confirm that you are eligible for the program.


Do I have to join Health Care Homes?
No. Joining Health Care Homes is voluntary. However, we are contacting you because we think the Health Care Homes model of care could be beneficial for you.


You can also go to the Health Care Homes’ website to find out more:
http://health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-care-homes