Queensland Health’s strategy—My health, Queensland's future: Advancing health 2026 —outlines that cardiovascular disease and cancer are the primary causes of death for Queenslanders. It also explains that improving the integration of care to patients with chronic disease is an important strategy for achieving better outcomes.
The term 'chronic disease' refers to a group of diseases that tend to be long-lasting and have persistent effects. They account for 88 per cent of the burden of disease and 91 per cent of all deaths. Chronic disease costs $45.8 billion nationally, or 87 per cent of recurrent allocated health expenditure, and up to $5 billion per year in Queensland. It can also have a significant impact on work productivity. The Australian Government, state and territory governments, and primary care providers share the management of chronic disease.
Integrated care aims to improve patient experience by better coordinating an individual’s care across primary and preventative care, mental health, and specialist and hospital care. Better coordination of care is also designed to avoid unnecessary services and hospitalisations, thereby reducing costs. The Queensland Government has developed a $35 million integrated care innovation fund for integrated care projects.
This audit will assess how effectively and efficiently Queensland Health is managing integrated care of chronic disease, including how they work with primary health networks and general practitioners.
- Department of Health
- Selected hospital and health services.