HealthLinks: Chronic Care aims to improve care for patients at high risk of multiple unplanned hospital admissions, many of whom have chronic and complex conditions. The initiative is testing whether a flexible funding model can:

  • remove some of the barriers that inhibit effective and integrated models of care for patients
  • promote innovative models of care that produce better outcomes for patients at no additional cost to the public health system.

Participating health services have the flexibility to use projected inpatient funding to design care around the needs of patients at high risk of multiple unplanned hospital admissions. This can include services that reach beyond traditional hospital based settings, delivered by a range of providers.

Health services have the flexibility to develop their own intervention model, with some services taking a continuous service improvement approach and others developing new models of care.

The department is conducting an evaluation of HealthLinks: Chronic Care in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The evaluation aims to examine whether offering flexible funding to health services enables them to develop and implement alternative models that provide better experiences and outcomes for patients with chronic and complex conditions at equal or lower cost.