30th Nov 2012

Comprehensive Primary Health Care in the Spotlight

World experts in Comprehensive Primary Health Care converged in Alice Springs.

A symposium focussing on the future of primary health care in Australia was held in late November 2012 at the Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs. Primary health care in Australia is currently undergoing considerable change. The symposium provided two days of discussion on the opportunities and challenges primary health care services are dealing with, and gave the opportunity to engage policy makers, health service executives, managers, and practitioners and researchers in dialogue.

This dynamic symposium featured international guest speakers and panel discussions with representatives from Medicare Locals, the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector, specialist NGOs, South Australian GP Plus and other PHC policy experts.

Representing Congress in the discussions were Acting CEO Donna Ah Chee, who presented on the Aboriginal Community Control Model of Comprehensive Primary Health Care; Dr John Boffa, presenting on Case studies of Primary Health Care working on the social determinants of health; and John Liddle, Ingkintja Branch Manager on Community participation in primary health care settings.

More than 80 people attended from around Australia and overseas, including a cohort from Congress.

As part of the Symposium, a lunchtime seminar was held for Congress staff, with around 30 staff attending. We were fortunate to hear firsthand from world experts in public health and comprehensive primary health care.