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Registrations of interest

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is committed to ensuring that northern Queenslanders live happier, healthier, longer lives. Its purpose is to drive change within and support primary health care to improve individual and community health. NQPHN is responsible for acting in a commissioning capacity to address national and local health priorities and key objectives which are to:

  • increase the efficiency and effectiveness of primary health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes
  • foster collaboration and support between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, primary health care, and allied health service providers
  • improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

NQPHN has undertaken a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process to inform the development of the future Integrated Team Care (ITC) services model/s of care. This engagement was undertaken by an external consultancy firm and validated by an Indigenous expert advisory group. The engagement generated recommended models of care and made several key recommendations related to development and management of the future ITC services across NQPHN. The final Integrated Team Care – Assessment, evaluation and co-design consultation report was ratified by the NQPHN Board of Directors in June 2019 and is available on the NQPHN website at www.nqphn.com.au/reports-plans

The next stage in the commissioning of the future ITC service model of care involves interactive workshops with a wider range of providers to define local implementation plans related to the recommended ITC service and chronic condition prevention models and allied health services.

NQPHN is now calling for Registrations of interest (ROI) from the following providers who are interested in participating in these workshops:

  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Medical Services
  • general practice providers
  • allied health service providers
  • primary health care and specialist services
  • consumers and their carers of ITC services
  • community members
  • Hospital and Health Service (HHS) staff.

In recognition of the different requirements across the NQPHN region, up to four workshops will be conducted addressing the geographic areas of Cape York and Torres Strait, Cairns and Hinterland, Townsville and Hinterland, Mackay and Hinterland between 10 February and 14 February 2020.

Final dates and locations will be determined and advised to registrants following the ROI closing date to minimise travel for the registrants.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, ITC activity aims to contribute to:

  • a holistic and harmonised approach that improves health outcomes for people with chronic health conditions through access to care coordination, multi-disciplinary care, and support for self-management
  • improved access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services, including but not limited to general practice, allied health, and specialists
  • cross sector collaboration with other community services and primary health care providers that influence social determinants of health, housing, environment, education, employment, financial management, and interim support
  • improved prevention methods for individuals at risk of developing chronic conditions through communication and care coordination between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health sector, allied health, and primary health care services in the NQPHN region.

The ROI closes at 2pm on Thursday 16 January 2020 and submissions must be fully received by this time.

Registrations must be submitted via the form on NQPHN’s eTendering portal at www.nqphn.com.au/commissioning

Please submit all questions and queries via the communications tab on the eTendering portal.

Late nominations will not be accepted.