Community Advisory Council
In 2015, the Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) established a Clinical Council to provide advice to the GCPHN Board on a range of clinical issues, including patient pathways and service/system improvements
The Council plays a critical strategic role in assisting the GCPHN in a range of key areas including but not limited to:
Membership of the Council was determined via an expression of interest process, ensuring the representation of diverse expertise and experience across the Primary Care Sector.
Current members on the Clinical Council are (in order of appearance in the photo, back row first, left to right):
- Developing local strategies to improve the performance of the health care system.
- Reducing avoidable emergency department presentations and admission.
- Improving medical and health care services through cost-effective investment and innovation.
- Developing and championing locally relevant clinical care pathways designed to streamline patient care, improving quality of care and utilising existing resources efficiently to improve health outcomes.
- Dr Nick Buckmaster (Specialist Member Lead Clinician Group/Director of General Medicine – Gold Coast Health)
- Dr Sue Gardiner (GCPHN Board Director/GP – Runaway Bay Doctors Surgery)
- Dr Andrew Weissenberger (GP Principal/GP – Hope Island Medical Centre)
- Mr Johnathan Link (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rep – Advanced Health Worker (Mental Health), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service, Gold Coast Health)
- Mrs Noela Baglot (Chair of the Community Advisory Council)
- Ms Linda Taylor (Aged Care Rep/General Manager – Blue Care South Coast)
- Mr Chris Turner (Allied Health Rep/Physiotherapist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Practice Principal Allied Connect)
- Ms Libby Carr (GCPHN Director Strategy and Systems Improvement)
- Dr Lisa Beecham (Chair of GPGC – Robina Town Medical Centre)
- Dr Roger Halliwell (No longer a member of this group)
- Ms Debra Gilbertson (NGO Rep/Assistant Integrated Manager – Blue Care Northern Community Services)
- Mr Matt Carrodus (not present) – CEO GCPHN
- Dr Peter Meulman (not present) – Chair of Clinical Council - GP Employed/GP Mudgeeraba General Practice
Heads Up Consortia
Community Advisory Council
In 2014, the Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) established the first Gold Coast Community Advisory Council. Now in its second year of operation, the Community Advisory Council (CAC) continues to provide input from a community perspective in key areas of:
The advice from the CAC goes to the GCPHN Board and is viewed as influential in ensuring decisions, investments and innovations are appropriately patient-centred, cost effective, locally relevant and aligned to local care experiences and expectations.
Membership of the CAC is determined via an open expression of interest process. Various criteria including age, gender, geographic dispersal and experience of primary health services are applied to the selection process to ensure the CAC adequately represents the broader Gold Coast community.
- Service planning and design, informing priority setting and resource allocation including the needs analysis and the annual plan
- Service delivery, informing recommendations to improve patient flow and experiences
- Service monitoring and evaluation, informing the use of evaluation and performance data to identify and drive improvement
For more information visit the Community Advisory Council page.
The Heads-up Consortia includes a wide range of professionals and organisations across the health, education, drug and alcohol and youth sectors. The Consortia aims to build awareness, skills and capacity of mental health providers and drug and alcohol support organisations on the Gold Coast.
They provide advice, share information, identify opportunities and provide support and governance to projects and groups promoting prevention, early intervention and appropriate support.
The Karulbo partnership brings together the Indigenous Health Service, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Welfare, Resource and Housing (Krurungal), Kalwun Health Service, community and GCPHN to maximise the accessibility and utilisation of health services by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the Gold Coast.
Lead Clinician Group
Planning and Engagement Stakeholders Group
Primary Care Gold Coast and Gold Coast Health Executive Steering Committee
The Lead Clinician Group is an advisory group of local clinicians that aims to provide leadership and advice to the joint Executive Steering Committee of the Primary Care Network and Gold Coast Health, The objectives for the committee is to provide influential clinical advice to foster integrated care across the continuum and encourage cross-sector collaboration, and provide the linkages between the GCPHN Clinical Council and the Gold Coast Health Clinical Council.
Advice will focus at a strategic level on integration issues and will include meeting the needs of local communities – including people with chronic and complex conditions, prioritisation, ethical use of finite resources, planning, implementation and evaluation of integration based health care services and programmes supported by or delivered by GCPHN and/or Gold Coast Health.
The LCG will advice on innovative strategies to:
- Theme the key areas for an integration based on evidence and knowledge
- Prioritise the key areas for integration activities
- Identify emerging themes and opportunities for integration activities
- Provide linkages between the two Clinical Councils (PHN and Gold Coast Health)
- Support the development of one health system for the Gold Coast
The group was established in 2013 when the PHN was a Medicare Local, with membership of GPs, Allied Health, Nursing and Gold Coast Health specialists and allied health.
Primary Care Partnership Council
GCPHN and Gold Coast Health have entered into a partnership agreement with the aim of working together to collaboratively improve the health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast population by improving access to care, coordination of care and transition of care between for the individuals on the Gold Coast.
The objectives of the partnership agreement are to:
- Jointly participate in population health needs planning and service planning to identify opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast.
- Develop sustainable systems for the timely and appropriate exchange of patient information between Gold Coast Health and general practice, and other primary care services.
- Define and develop mutually agreed pathways and programs for the coordination of care and transition of care for individuals on the Gold Coast between the Gold Coast Health and primary care.
- Address service gaps to improve access to services so that patients receive timely care in the most appropriate setting.
The Executive Steering Committee provides the decision making forum to translate the intent of the GCPHN and Gold Coast Health Partnership Agreement into practice, to monitor performance and identify on-going opportunities for collaboration and improvement.
Primary Health Care Improvement Committee (PHCIC)
The Gold Coast Primary Care Partnership Council (PCPC) first came together in 2006 as a voluntary collaboration between organisations from government and non-government sectors. The PCPC represents a broad range of primary care providers on the Gold Coast. Bringing together diverse organisations on the Gold Coast, the PCPC provides an opportunity to share information and improve coordination for the achievement of positive health outcomes for the Gold Coast Community.
For further information about the Gold Coast Primary Care Partnership Council please contact Joanne Carbone, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 5635 2455
The PHCIC provides GCPHN with direct access to a range of general practice and primary health care providers. The functions of the PHCIC are to:
- Fulfill the role of general advisory group to the GCPHN, providing advice on quality and operational activities in General Practice
- Fulfill the role of the advisory group for the Primary Health Care Improvement activities
- Act as a quality forum, whereby primary health care providers take a lead role on the Gold Coast to improve health outcomes by:
- Identifying best practice through qualitative evaluation across the health care continuum
- Administering a system of performance feedback to primary health care providers and practices about improvements that have been achieved through data collection methods
- Encouraging primary health care providers and practices to adopt proven quality improvement initiatives within their practice.
- Be involved in the planning stages of quality activities
- Identify relevant opportunities to link quality activities with University partners
- Undertake tasks as requested by GCPHN Committees