Care Partnership – Diabetes

“Delivering healthcare by taking control and making choices together”

Care Partnership – Diabetes is part of the Collaborative Commissioning initiative taking place in Western and Far West NSW. It will support people in our region who have Type 2 Diabetes Mellitis (T2DM) by sharing and coordinating resources to deliver access to enhanced services.

The Partnership works to address health care gaps, develop better health and wellbeing services and improve patient and community outcomes for people with Type 2 Diabetes in our region.

Why Diabetes

There is a strong evidence base around the need for integrated, cross-system, type 2 diabetes management.

Diabetes is a critical issue for the Western NSW region (the region) – people in this region are 40 percent more likely to die as a result of their diabetes than the rest of NSW. Our people experience poorer health outcomes in relation to diabetes than the rest of the State and are more likely to be admitted to hospital for their care and stay longer once admitted.

This issue disproportionately affects some of our most vulnerable groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote, rural communities. Managing diabetes care in a more efficient, integrated way provides an opportunity for us to achieve better health outcomes for people living in our region.

Who is Care Partnership?

We have four partner agencies coming together to develop solutions:

  • Far West and Western Local Health Districts,
  • Western NSW Primary Health Network,
  • NSW Rural Doctors Network and
  • Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council

This partnership is built on a strong existing collaborative governance structure, and a strong track record of working with the other stakeholders who will be involved in the successful implementation of our Diabetes Care Pathway.

This work is co-designed with the expertise of local clinicians and consumer representatives.

Care Partnership – Diabetes is led by a Patient Centred Co-Commissioning Group (PCCG) that identify and prioritise local health needs and develop care pathways to enhance patient and community outcomes. It aims to address the gaps in patient care and embed local accountability to ensure care is truly integrated for patients.

What is Collaborative Commissioning

Collaborative Commissioning is a NSW Health initiative that encourages partnerships to take a whole-of-system approach to enable and support delivery of value-based care in the community. It focuses on four pillars of value:

  • health outcomes that matter to patients
  • experiences of receiving care
  • experiences of providing care
  • effectiveness and efficiency of care.

The aim is to incentivise locally developed integration of care across the entire continuum and embed local accountability for delivering value-driven, outcome focused and patient centred health care.

Care Partnership – Diabetes is the first of several projects in Western and Far West NSW that will be developed under this model.    


What does this mean for Regional and Rural Healthcare?

Establishing a co-designed model for diabetes care in Western New South Wales (NSW) is an important opportunity for the region to achieve better health outcomes for some of our most vulnerable people, while creating efficiencies and better integration across the healthcare system.

  • A system built around the individual needs of the local population, rather than on centralised state or national policy
  • A support system that is managed locally
  • A system that can integrate with other pools of funding as opposed to being at odds with it
  • A system that recognises the health needs of Aboriginal people and can react to them

To be added to our newsletter or for more information, please contact Victoria Smyth, Partner Lead - Care Partnership  or call 02 5317 1261