The Integrated Care Alliance
Learn more about the role of the Integrated Care Alliance
What is the Integrated Care Alliance?
The Integrated Care Alliance (ICA) is a small group with a passionate dedication to better connect and integrate health and care in our community. The ICA was first established in April 2016, with the support of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and the PHN. It has brought together a team of clinicians, consumers, carers and health leaders who are all working to build better person-centred care on the Sunshine Coast.
What does the Integrated Care Alliance do?
The ICA aims for people on the Sunshine Coast to experience continuity of care through an integrated health care system. The group is facilitating initiatives to better connect and integrate health care on the Sunshine Coast, with a particular focus on people experiencing chronic or complex conditions.
The past 18 months have seen the ICA bring together key international and national leads, like Dr Viktoria Stein, from the International Federation of Integrated to Care and Professor Lindy Clemson from the University of Sydney, to kick start and assist a number of initiatives. These have included:
- A successful Falls Prevention co-design forum and action plan;
- Supporting a dynamic consent study in General Practice to explore the benefits of linking patient data between primary and tertiary care;
- Hospital Avoidance initiatives particularly aimed at people with chronic and complex conditions.
The ICA is pushing boundaries to better connect and co-ordinate care between the primary and tertiary sectors utilising technology enablers and exploring better ways of sharing patient data. The alliance is also working together to jointly seek and commission resources to strengthen the shared commitment and accountability with each other and to our community to make the most of the collective health and care resources we have available to benefit the people of the Sunshine Coast.
Why do these project matter?
The research shows that people who are treated for complex or chronic conditions receive more effective care and experience better health outcomes in the primary care sector. Through the ICA, over 30 members and 12 different organisations are able to contribute effort, pool intelligence and seek out resources. This joint approach makes the most of the limited collective health resources and strengthens accountability for our joint progress.