Key messages

  • To ensure that Victoria’s health system is best placed to meet current and future community needs, the department commissioned a review of the PCP Program.
  • The landscape in which PCPs operate has changed significantly over the past 20 years.
  • The department is considering the findings of the review. Decisions about the future of the PCP Program will be made in due course.
  • PCP Program funding has been extended until 31 December 2020.

Purpose of the review

  • Establish a detailed and evidence-based understanding of the current and historical implementation and impact of the PCP Program.
  • Explore how the PCP Program operates within the current Victorian primary care landscape.
  • Understand the extent to which the PCP Program is designed and equipped to address contemporary trends and challenges in the Victorian primary care landscape.
  • Identify opportunities for DHHS to maximise the impact of the PCP Program investment, in order to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Victorians, promote health equality and reduce unnecessary hospitalisations.