Health Plan is a voluntary
opt-in health plan for people with chronic illness, mental
illness and disability. Individuals with these conditions, and
their families/carers, are invited to enrol with the Plan, the
Plan will then negotiate with the Commonwealth Department of
Health and Ageing (as a number of indigenous health
organisations currently do) for funding arrangements for the
integrated care for its enrolled members.
is in response to the ground-breaking recommendation of the
of the National Hospital and Health Reform Commission (NHHRC),
presented on 30 June 2009, that the Commonwealth consider the
development of a system of competing health plans, as a
consumer-centred, consumer choice-based extension of Medicare,
badged in the Report as
This is a unique
opportunity for people with chronic illness, mental illness and
disability to take some giant steps towards integrated
person-centred health care, with a strong emphasis on
coordinated care and preventative strategies.
Plan will be a demonstration project in how a
health plan for person-centred care might be developed and
implemented by and for people with chronic illnesses, mental
illnesses and disability.
aim is to draw participants
from existing networks and groups who have an interest in care
coordination, consumer choice and self-management.
that several partners will participate in the Plan from the
corporate, academic and community organisation fields. We also
wish to partner with several national bodies in the health
By describing this as a demonstration project, we
acknowledge that there will be a lot of trialling and
testing of innovative arrangements for mutual benefit.
The political purpose of the demonstration project is to
promote a greater awareness of the person- centred
agenda amongst governments, health policy makers,
service providers and consumers, so that this direction
can be pursued in the years to come.
Governments are searching searching for innovative
models in chronic and mental illness and aged
frailty/disability, but the perennial obstacle to their
efforts is the lack of a mechanism for demand
aggregation (that is, a means of developing a pool of
consumers for whom alternative funding and care
arrangements can be planned, assembled, implemented and
As an opt-in pool of consumers and families with close
familiarity with various service models in disability,
mental and chronic illness, and aged frailty, we can
assist the government, and ourselves, by generating our
own mechanism for demand aggregation. We understand,
more than the average, healthy citizen, what an agenda
of coordinated care is all about. Hence our own Health
experiences gained by the Plan over the next six months
will be presented at the National Conference on
Consumer-Centred Health Care:
Policy, Innovation and Empowerment on
22-23 March 2010 .
HERE to register for the
conference in March 2010.
HERE for more information on
How does it work?
It is very simple:
Participants enrol with the Plan by completing and submitting
the Enrolment Form. There is no cost, and no obligation by
With a pool of
enrolled members, the Plan will negotiate with the Commonwealth
on options, structures, systems and funding arrangements for
developing integrated care arrangements for the pool of members.
and Governance Panel will be established from participating individual members,
supplemented with external contributors with expertise in
various fields, to advise on the development of the Health Plan.
organisations from the corporate, academic and community sectors
will be invited to partner with the Plan in developing its
What do I
Just fill in
this simple online form and tick the box to declare that
you authorise the Plan to enter into negotiations with
the Commonwealth to develop integrated person-centred
arrangements for your health care. Nothing will happen
beyond this without your considered consent. But in the
interim, the Plan can be working for you in changing the
landscape in which we are currently seeking coordinated
personalised care, and usually find only frustration.
addition, you might like to consider these options:
HERE to enrol. There is no cost.