Supporting collaboration in primary care

The Interdisciplinary Health Practitioner Network (IHPN) is calling for allied health practitioners with an interest in treating chronic disease to join with other local practitioners in a series of networks across Australia.

The IHPN project aims to increase and support collaboration between different health professions to build solid local referral networks for improved patient referrals and share skills and expertise with other clinicians.

Five interdisciplinary practitioner networks have been established as a pilot project in Adelaide, West Brisbane, East Melbourne, Mildura and Wagga Wagga in partnership with local Primary Health Networks and 11 professional associations.

The innovative project is based on the collaborative model used by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network and Allied Health Professions Australia, supported by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

It is expected that each local network will hold up to four meetings a year to broaden knowledge of local service providers, gain continuing professional development recognition and provide networking and peer support opportunities.

Some initial topics have included pain management and mental health, the connection between mental health and physical health, a multidisciplinary approach to managing chronic disease and mental health, the multidisciplinary team supporting people to manage their diabetes, health pathways and ‘My Health Record’ and an ear, nose and throat update.

The project will also deliver an online professional development webinar to a national audience for primary care practitioners managing patients living with multimorbid conditions.

Networks are located in five different PHN catchments:

Primary Health Network (PHN) Meeting location Register your interest
Adelaide Mile End, SA Register for Adelaide
Brisbane South Middle Park, West Brisbane Register for Brisbane South
Eastern Melbourne Box Hill, VIC Register for Eastern Melbourne
Murrumbidgee Wagga Wagga, NSW Register for Wagga Wagga
Murray Mildura, VIC Register for Murray

The IHPN project is developed and managed by AHPA and MHPN.

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