October 2011

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Capacity census

A pilot study of general practices in Western Australia

Volume 40, No.10, October 2011 Pages 753-754

Tom Brett

Diane Arnold-Reed

Cam Phan

Frank Jones

The GP Super Clinics that will provide multidisciplinary primary care services are seen as a key feature of the Federal Government's health infrastructure development. They are designed to improve convenience for patients when accessing services – especially patients with multiple comorbidities requiring visits to multiple providers – as well as providing the space and equipment for teaching and research in primary care. In addition, Medicare Locals are seen as facilitating 'investments in primary health care infrastructure, including GP Super Clinics'. Enhancements to existing private general practices to 'support a broader team, teaching or visiting sessions from other health professionals' are also seen as infrastructure development possibilities.1,2 Although no one model is provided for GP Super Clinics, it is intended that each 'will bring together general practitioners, nurses, visiting medical specialists, allied health professionals and other healthcare providers to deliver better healthcare, tailored to the needs and priorities of the local community'.3

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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