The Federal government has proposed the creation of national and local Lead Clinician Groups at an estimated cost of $56 million with a broadly-based membership drawn from various disciplines to provide guidance and leadership on clinical issues.
One of their main functions will be to encourage the adoption of ‘best practice’ care at local and national levels. The groups will also give input into service planning and delivery, and encourage better integration of medical services from different sectors.
Paramedics Australasia consistently has called for better integrated delivery of health care under best practice conditions, the development of appropriate pathways of care and the adoption of extended/community and interprofessional models of care with greater involvement of relevant practitioners from the operational levels.
Paramedics Australasia therefore made a formal submission on these proposals in February which can be accessed here: enhancing-patient-care-improving-the-pathways-of-care-through-clinical-engagement-and-collaborative-action
As a follow up to the written submission, Paramedics Australasia Policy Advisor Ray Bange provided an individual extended briefing on the 5th May to the project team from the consultancy firm Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute which has been retained by the government to facilitate the national consultation program and refine the options for implementation.
A consultation report on the nature and structure of the Lead Clinical Groups is expected within a few weeks for final comment after which implementation will proceed without delay.