Overview of Coordinated Primary Options
The Coordinated Primary Options (CPO) project recognises that people may often be admitted to hospital because of financial and/or other barriers in gaining access to services in the community. Therefore, CPO’s purpose is to:
- enable Primary Care teams to access community based services, offering alternatives to acute hospital admission;
- build knowledge about various service options including optimum skill-mixes, client focus and cost effectiveness;
- identify and where appropriate, address communication and service gaps that contribute to hospital admissions;
- encourage general practice insights into issues and general practice support for reducing hospital admission;
- support practice changes required to achieve the goals of reducing the level of acute admissions and achieving integrated services.
A range of community diagnostic, therapeutic and logistic services are available at no cost (excluding the initial GP consultation) to the patient. Examples of these include:
- Diagnostic tests – X rays, ultrasound
- Home visits by GP and/or practice nurse;
- Follow up and return visits to GP locations;
- Rest Homes
- Community IV therapy
Coordinated Primary Options is flexible and easy to use – accessing the services requires forwarding completed referral and invoice forms, either electronically through Medtech or manually through paper based forms.