Primary care is often someone’s first point of contact with the health system. Victoria's community health services play an important role in the delivery of state-funded, population-focused, and community-based health services.
Primary care services are usually:
- the pathway people generally take to other services
- a point of coordination between other services
- located in the community
- directly connected to people’s daily lives and to the management of their wellbeing.
The department is responsible for funding, monitoring and planning the provision of primary and community health care services (including counselling, allied health and nursing), dental services, maternal and child health, and early parenting services.
Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot
A pilot program for appropriately trained community pharmacists to be able to provide certain medication under a structured model
Emergency Response Planning Tool in Victorian general practice
The Department has provided fully subsidised access to the Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) for Victorian general practices since 2019.
Working with general practice
The department has resources to support community health services working with general practice and other private providers.
Victorian Supercare Pharmacies
Victoria’s Supercare Pharmacies operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a nurse on site from 6pm to 10pm.
NURSE-ON-CALL is a service that connects Victorians with a registered nurse for caring, professional health advice around the clock.
Priority Primary Care Centres
Priority Primary Care Centres provide GP led care to people who need urgent care, but not an emergency response.
Reviewed 24 July 2023