What is Primary Health Care?

Primary health care is socially appropriate, universally accessible, scientifically sound first level care provided by health services and systems with a suitably trained workforce comprised of multidisciplinary teams supported by integrated referral systems in a way that: gives priority to those most in need and addresses health inequalities; maximises community and individual self-reliance, participation and control; and involves collaboration and partnership with other sectors to promote public health
(Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, 2009; World Health Organization, 1978). Academic primary care improves primary health care by making a positive impact on education, policy and practice. This then enables improvements in the care that patients receive.

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AAAPC's Vision

Our vision is for a multidisciplinary primary health care oriented health system founded on patient-centred, primary care principles and developed through evidence and education.

AAAPC's Mission

To be Australia and New Zealand's leading advocate for high quality multidisciplinary primary care research, education, policy and practice.

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