In addition to informing commissioning priorities, the strategy will also support system integration and innovation, workforce development, and primary care engagement for more effective chronic condition primary care service delivery.
The Strategy prioritises population groups with the greatest need for services, and chronic conditions that cause the highest burden for communities. Priority populations include First Nations peoples, those living in rural and remote localities, older persons, and those who experience socioeconomic disadvantage.
The priority chronic conditions identified in NQPHN’s most recent Health Needs Assessment 2022-24 are:
- musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. arthritis)
- cardiovascular disease (CVD)
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- chronic kidney disease.