In 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) began the HealthLinks Chronic Care (HealthLinks) trial to determine whether more flexible funding arrangements would incentivise health services to deliver a more integrated and innovative mix of service for people with chronic and complex health conditions. HealthLinks’ primary aim is to reduce unplanned hospital admissions.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) entered into a partnership with the department to evaluate the HealthLinks trial. The evaluation is being conducted as a prospective study and includes quantitative and qualitative analysis to determine:
- the impact of flexible funding on hospital utilisation
- the health outcomes and experience of patients
- the experience of the workforce.
This is the first annual report summarising the impacts of HealthLinks. It draws on the findings and results of 2016–17, being the first year of the trial, as reported by CSIRO. It also includes additional background and contextual information on HealthLinks provided by the department.
- Research and reports
- Date published
- 28 Mar 2019
- 45 pages
- Department of Health & Human Services
- Available format
Reviewed 29 March 2019