Clinics in South East Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula will benefit from $6.5 million in funding to assist patients with chronic conditions.
The funding, provided by the Morrison Government through the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN), will see 28 general practices receive funding between $125,000 and $250,000 to deliver care coordination for patients with a chronic condition, including clinics in Hastings, Somerville and Rosebud.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said the funding would assist clinics on the Mornington Peninsula and South East Melbourne to coordinate care for patients.
“Care coordination is imperative in our health system, especially for those who have complex care needs,” Minister Hunt said. “That is why it is vital that patients have access to a team who know what support and intervention they need.”
“This funding means clinics across the Mornington Peninsula and South East Melbourne will be able to work directly with chronic pain sufferers, to develop a comprehensive plan that helps patients take more control of their health.”
SEMPHN CEO, Dr Elizabeth Deveny, said local GP’s would see direct benefit from this funding.
“This funding initiative has been developed to further build capacity in general practice, to support comprehensive care of patients with chronic disease,” Dr Deveny said.
“The funding means that general practices will be able to recruit care coordinators to assist practices and patients in coordinating care for patients, including changing practice processes in the longer term to build more efficient patient-centred services.”
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