Australian GPs are being urged to join an initiative that could improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their community.
Closing the Gap: Measure and Act is an Improvement Foundation (IF) initiative to help General Practices and other health services better respond to specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.
General Practices can participate by measuring important quality improvement indicators that will help determine if there are any service level gaps at the General Practice. General Practices will also be able to benchmark their work with other peers participating in the initiative.
“After some basic steps to submit quality indicators we will be able to demonstrate any gaps to the General Practice through a specifically designed dashboard in our secure web portal. From here we’ll invite General Practices to participate in learning sessions,” said Mr Colin Frick, Chief Executive Office, Improvement Foundation.
“Over the past four years, through other Closing the Gap initiatives, we have demonstrated what can be achieved when GPs are attuned to specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and can clearly see any gaps. GPs have strong patient relationships and when we can clearly identify opportunities for improvement, it makes a big difference,” Mr Frick said.
“Now we want to go a step further. GPs don’t need to have been previously involved in an Improvement Foundation program to participate now. They just have to embrace the concept and the methodology. We’ll help them through the rest.”
Senator Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, supports the work IF is doing to raise awareness of the need to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through the Closing the Gap: Measure and Act initiative.
"The Government encourages a range of activities that increase the awareness of and improvement in the delivery of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I am happy to support the Measure and Act campaign as one of a number of initiatives that are available to help GPs improve their practice and close the gap,” she said.
The Close the Gap: Measure and Act initiative is designed, delivered and funded by the Improvement Foundation.
The Improvement Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation whose core objective is to provide expertise in the development and delivery of quality improvement in primary health care.
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