Evaluation of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008

1 Executive Summary

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The GP Super Clinics Program was one part of the health reforms, including primary care reforms, implemented by a newly-elected Labor government in 2007. The localities of the GP Super Clinics were based on criteria relating to need. The program provided grant funds to the value of $181.7 million for the construction or refurbishment of existing infrastructure for the first 36 GP Super Clinics, across 37 localities.

This evaluation addressed three aspects of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008:

  • Implementation: administration of the Program by the Department of Health and Ageing
  • Establishment: the planning and construction of the 36 GP Super Clinics over 37 sites established in the 2007-2008 tranche
  • Operations: service delivery in the seven clinics which were operational for a minimum of six months prior to the commencement of the evaluation.
In the context of these three aspects, the evaluation aimed to describe the historical context and processes for the implementation and the processes and influences which impacted on the construction of the GP Super Clinics. In the operational aspect it aimed to identify the short term impacts, and the activities being implemented to achieve the GP Super Clinics Program objectives. Learnings were also identified with regard to the three aspects of the program and the potential for informing further investment in primary health care infrastructure and services.

Methods for the evaluation were tailored to each of the aspects of the GP Super Clinics Program. Common methods across each aspect included desk reviews, surveys and interviews with representatives of key stakeholder groups. A value-for-money assessment tool was also developed for the establishment aspect.