As part of the implementation of the Primary and Community Care Strategy and Action Plan, Locality Networks (LN) are being established across the district to help ensure new models of care align with population health needs and service requirements in different areas of the district.
Locality Networks are advisory networks made up of health professionals and consumers. They help prioritise and plan health services so they meet the needs of local communities and are well-integrated with the broader health system.
Membership will vary from area to area but will likely be comprised of eight to ten members with a good understanding the healthcare needs of an area. It is expected that LNs might include key stakeholders such as primary care, St John, pharmacists, physiotherapists, diagnostic services, LMC midwives or local council representatives.
Our first Locality Network has been established in the Central Lakes area. Other LNs will be established based on the learnings and experience of the Central Lakes model.
Localities are defined by loose geographic borders and their scope and mandate will vary according to the area they are working in.