NCPHN maintains positive and strong engagement with the 800s GPs, 400 general practice nurses and more than 1,000 allied health professionals living and working on the NSW North Coast.
The goal of NCPHN’s clinician engagement program is to incorporate GP, allied health and other health workers’ perspectives into the design and delivery of all commissioned services and other activities aligned to the objectives of NCPHN.
NCPHN is working to involve clinicians through a range of engagement mechanisms:
- Maintaining the Northern NSW, Mid North Coast and Hastings Macleay Clinical Councils to provide advice, input and regularly engage with the Board regarding clinical issues.
- Providing relevant local learning and development and networking opportunities to build the capacity of the primary health care workforce and foster collaboration between disciplines.
- Maintaining a team of GP Clinical Advisers who act as change agents for health system improvement and provide clinician input into the design and delivery of NCPHN activities.
- Distributing high-quality communication products to inform and engage clinicians about health system improvement initiatives, including HealthSpeak, the Practitioner Newsletter and other media products.
- Delivering quality improvement support to general practice teams.
- Supporting the long-term sustainability of the North Coast Allied Health Association as a means of engaging with allied health professionals.
- Working with clinicians to improve the coordination of the health system through HealthPathways, the Northern NSW Integrated Care Program and other programs.