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Health Care Homes program

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The Health Care Homes program provides coordinated care for more than 10,000 patients in 10 different regions across Australia. The program will run until 30 June 2021. No new patients are now being enrolled for the program.

What is the Health Care Homes program?

The Health Care Homes program is designed to provide one team to coordinate the care of people with chronic and complex conditions who are assessed as eligible and likely to benefit.

One in 4 Australians has more than one long-term health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, a mental health issue, eye disease, respiratory problems or arthritis.

Having these chronic health problems means you need a lot of support to look after your health. But it can be quite difficult to manage everything, including monitoring your symptoms, medicines, appointments and advice from different health professionals.

Often, you will need to see different doctors, your care may not be coordinated, and it can be difficult to get to all the appointments.

A Health Care Home is a general practice or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) that coordinates care for patients with chronic and complex conditions. It does not mean you receive in-home care.

The team works with the patient to develop a shared care plan to:

  • set health goals
  • help them manage their conditions and improve quality of life
  • identify the best local providers to meet their needs

For more information, visit the Department of Health website.

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Last reviewed: February 2020

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