The GP Super Clinics Program aligns with the major health, and in particular primary health care policies of the Australian Government, such as the National Primary Health Care Strategy.3 This strategy provides the platform for primary health care system reform in Australia and is aligned to the National Health and Hospitals Reform commitment to strengthening the primary care sector.5 The policy reflects empirical evidence that effective primary care in local communities means people stay healthier, manage chronic disease and illness more effectively, and stay out of hospital.3,9
The policy approach mirrors that of many developed nations, and organisations such as the World Health Organisation.6,7,10,22-24 Many of these reforms focus on primary care as the centre-piece of the health system to deliver equitable, people-focused services, supported by accountability, responsiveness and a strong focus on the health of populations.10
3Building a 21st Century Primary Health Care System: Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy. Canberra: Australian Government: Department of Health and Ageing;2010.
5A Healthier Future For All Australians – Final Report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission. Canberra: Australian Government National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission;2009.
6Hutchison B, Levesque J-F, Strumpf E, Coyle N. Primary Health Care in Canada: Systems in Motion. Milbank Quarterly.89(2):256-288.
7Romanow R. Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010: Building on Values: the future of health care in Canada - Final Report. Commission on the future of health care in Canada. 2002.
9Primary Health Care Reform in Australia: Report to Support Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy. Canberra: Australian Government; Department of Health and Ageing;2009.
22Grol R, Wensing M, Mainz J, et al. Health on Course? The 2002 Dutch Public Health Status and Forecasts Report Patients' priorities with respect to general practice care: an international comparison. European Task Force on Patient Evaluations of general Practice (EUROPEP). Houten: Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum. 2002;16(4):4 - 11.
23Lee A, Kiyu A, Milman H, Jimenez J. Improving Health and Building Human Capital Through an Effective Primary Care System. Journal of Urban Health. 2007;84(0):75-85.
24Roland M. Lessons from the U.K. New England Journal of Medicine. 2008;359(20):2087-2092.