Primary health care is generally the first point of contact you have with the health system. Typical examples are your local GP, or an allied health professional such as a dentist, physio or speech pathologist. Your local pharmacist is another primary health care provider, and so is a nurse or a midwife. These health practitioners provide continuing care to patients and coordinate any specialist care the patient may need.
The Deliberate Team-Based Care model in Canowindra is led by Dr Ros Bullock and involves a multidisciplinary team of local health professionals. The Collaborative Care Program partners who are jointly evaluating this project are Western NSW Local Health District, Western NSW Primary Health Network, and NSW Riral Doctors Network.
The Program has received funding through the Innovative Models of Care grant program that is administered by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Aged Care.