Management of COVID-19 in the community and the role of primary care: how the pandemic has shone light on a fragmented health system

Larkins, Sarah L., Allard, Nicole L., and Burgess, C. Paul (2022) Management of COVID-19 in the community and the role of primary care: how the pandemic has shone light on a fragmented health system. Medical Journal of Australia, 217 (S9). S3-S6.

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Abstract

[Extract] The Australian health care system is well regarded on the global stage in terms of the balance between investment in health care and outcomes delivered, particularly in terms of universal access, quality and safety.1 However, there is considerable fragmentation and poor coordination of care and communication between hospitals and primary care, which limits further improvement.2, 3 Geographical barriers, workforce shortages and issues relating to acceptability of services limit health care access for residents of rural, regional and remote communities, Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, and together with an inadequate focus on prevention, limit progress towards health equity.

Australian responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic through both public health responses and the acute health sector have been viewed as among the best in the world. Nevertheless, challenges in the structure, organisatIon and financing of the Australian health care system have been brought into stark relief by the evolution of responses to the pandemic.

Item ID: 76279
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Keywords: Primary care, Primary health care, COVID-19, Health systems, Health planning, Health policy, Health personnel
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Medical Journal of Australia published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of AMPCo Pty Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2022 07:35
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420321 Rural and remote health services @ 25%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420311 Health systems @ 25%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420319 Primary health care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200310 Primary care @ 80%
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health @ 20%
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