RACP: a primary care election focus

THE Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has demanded both major political parties make a commitment to coordinated primary care for patients in the lead-up to the New South Wales state election next week.

RACP president Professor John Kolbe urged the major parties not to lose sight of important primary care issues, citing a “disproportionate focus on hospital-related healthcare” in the election health debate.

“State and federal governments need to focus on coordinated and integrated services involving GPs, specialists, allied health and nurses to ensure better patient outcomes,” Professor Kolbe said.

“Specialist physicians provide healthcare that focuses on the care of the whole person and on the coordination of care for chronic and complex conditions within the community.” 

Among the college’s five “key priorities” for the incoming state government were better support