Working closely with primary care and community health providers is a strategic priority for Monash Partners.
Our Primary and Community Health Platform was established to steer, champion and enable innovation, integration and partnership between primary providers like GPs, the community and hospital-based care. The chief aim is to deliver better health outcomes for our patients.
In the past, the structures of governance and funding within Australia’s health system have made it difficult to build links between the various layers of health services, and associated research hubs.
However, our Primary and Community Health Steering Committee is working to overcome these challenges, by bringing together GP liaison officers, academics and clinical leads, along with members of academic primary care, community health and primary health networks.
Our Committee is developing a collective vision around improving collaboration, integration, innovation, communication and leadership.
We are currently scoping priority areas across our collaborators and undertaking a formal priority setting exercise.
The Primary and Community Health Steering Committee is led by Professor Leon Piterman and Professor Grant Russell.
Professor Leon Piterman AM
Leon Piterman AM is Professor of General Practice and currently Director of China GP Programs in the Monash University Faculty of MNHS. Leon is the inaugural Head of the School of Primary Health Care and former Pro Vice Chancellor of the Peninsula and Berwick Campuses.
Professor Grant Russell
Grant Russell is a primary care clinician and health services researcher. He is head of the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit (SAPCRU), Professor of General Practice Research and former head of Monash University’s School of Primary Health Care.
His research program is directed towards understanding and measuring the impact of primary care reform on patients, clinicians and general practices.
We are leading a number of projects funded through the Medical Research Future Fund:
Using data linkage to reduce avoidable hospitalisation: Professor Danielle Mazza
This project will enhance integration of care between primary and acute care settings to prevent illness and reduce avoidable hospital utilisation.
Improving access to primary care for vulnerable patients: Professor Grant Russell
For vulnerable patients, the impact will be access to ongoing primary care delivery, with better options for after-hours care and coordination of their health care needs.
Towards integrated care: improving patient and frontline staff engagement and experience of ambulatory care across the care continuum: Dr Robinson
The impact will be a patient centred co-designed model for integration of care, improved patient and health professional experience, communication, triage, and access to hospital and community based ambulatory care.
The committee is led by Professor Leon Piterman and Professor Grant Russell. Alongside the Platform leads is a well-respected team of committed primary care specialists who share their vision and passion.
Members of the Committee include:
Dr John Ashfield
Dr Joanne Enticott
Ms Sally Howe
Ms Lyn Jamieson
Mr Rob Macindoe
Mr Matt Sharp
Dr Peter Sherwen
Ms Deborah Stuart
Ms Robin Whyte