Collaborative Care Cluster Australia: Launch

Written on the 29 August 2012

Managing a chronic disease such as diabetes often requires a team of health professionals and close monitoring to achieve optimum control. Collaborative Care Cluster Australia enables patients to have access to an online program that will assist in managing their health issues in collaboration with the patient's health-care team.


Recently I, along with the member for Prahran in the Assembly, Clem Newton-Brown, attended the launch of Collaborative Care Cluster Australia by the Minister for Health, David Davis, at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Prahran. The launch, which was attended by project partners from both the public and private sectors together with a range of health-care professionals, heard the many benefits of the collaboration.


Many view this tool as a major advancement in transforming patient management and care that will provide ongoing personal, social and economic benefits. It will be particularly beneficial for those patients who need to closely monitor and manage their conditions. As a former diabetes nurse educator, I understand the enormous benefits that this type of innovative tool will bring to both the patient and their health-care team. As was noted by the minister, for the first time in Australia patients with chronic illness will be able to access their care plan with a health-care provider such as their pharmacist using a simple barcode. I look forward to more health professionals across Australia joining the program.


I congratulate professor Michael Georgeff, founder and CEO of Precedence Health Care, professor Mark Cooper, deputy director of research at Baker IDI, and all those involved in the partnership on their ongoing dedication and commitment to improving patient outcomes in the area of chronic disease.

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