Western Sydney Care Collective is a whole of system approach designed to enable and support delivery of value-based health care in the community, ensuring health care is value-driven, outcome-focused and patient-centred, and provided at the right time, in the right place.
Resources are pooled to deliver the vision of ‘one Western Sydney Health System’. Service gaps are collaboratively commissioned through our strategic commissioning function and Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) resources are realigned to support the care pathway design. Through integrated governance, delegations, shared culture, information sharing, community engagement and communications, WSLHD and WSPHN can overcome previous organisational barriers towork together and focus on the patient, family and carers who need that care.
Care Pathway Design
Through our new way of working together, the Western Sydney Care Collective aims to transform how we approach health care, starting with two innovative approaches:
Value Based Urgent Care (VBUC) aims to reduce the number of people who present to a Western Sydney Emergency Department for urgent treatment of a condition that isn’t life-threatening by providing alternative urgent care services that are free, local and patient-centred.
Cardiology in Community (CIC) will strengthen participation and screening to improve identification of people who are at risk of cardiovascular disease, in turn supporting ongoing management of heart failure, chest pain and atrial fibrillation in a general practice setting.
Through these care pathway designs, we have been able to establish an additional innovative care approach such as our Rapid Access to Care in the Community pathway, which aims to prevent the need for hospital admissions by providing rapid access to health care, including the management of COVID-19 positive patients with low or medium risk. This care is not only available for patients in residential aged care facilities, but also those who are currently being treated by their local GP.