This Demonstrator Project is based on collaborative work being undertaken by The Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne and the Department of Health North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR). The Care and Systems Experience Diabetes (CASE-D) project has developed in-depth case studies about the pathways to, and experiences of, health care for people from disadvantaged backgrounds with type 2 diabetes living in the region. The case studies together with workshops with key stakeholders have identified important barriers to care. These include where services are located and how they are linked.
Primary Care Partnerships and Medicare Locals in the region face challenges in collating health, demographic and service data into a meaningful form to help them plan care services to respond to the needs of these disadvantaged clients. The aim of this project is to improve access to an integrated set of health-related (prevalence and service use) and social and physical infrastructure data to aid policy makers and planners.