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About the Chronic Care Network

The Chronic Care Network was established in October 2013 to enhance and integrate care for people with chronic conditions in NSW.

To achieve this the Chronic Care Network will consult and collaborate with ACI Networks, Taskforces and Institutes; consumers and carers; key stakeholders across the primary, community, acute, aged, mental health and social care sector; and with policy and research advisers.

For further information about the Chronic Care Network, please see the Terms of Reference or contact ACI-ChronicCare@aci.health.nsw.gov.au.

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Join the Network to share your healthcare experience, and make suggestions to improve your healthcare.

It’s free to join and you will receive regular updates on Network activities and invitations to Network events.

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Key activities

  • Foster communication and collaboration within the membership.
  • Form and strengthen strategic, cross-sectoral partnerships.
  • Provide education and information to members.
  • Develop strategies to improve care for people at high risk of chronic illness, including Aboriginal people and the elderly.
  • Undertake relevant and appropriate advocacy and leadership activities in chronic care.

Our People

The Chronic Care Network will include the following people:

  • Co-Chairs: 2 Executive Committee members who will provide leadership to the Network and chair the Executive Committee meetings.
  • Executive Committee Members: 16-18 Network members, representative of the interdisciplinary membership, who will oversee the establishment of all projects and activities undertaken by the Network.
  • Working Group Members: approximately 12 Network members appointed on the basis of interest and expertise to work on specific, time-limited projects and activities of the Chronic Care Network.
  • Network Members: who will be subscribed to Network mailing list and invited to attend whole of Network events. 

Membership is open to anyone with an interest and expertise in chronic care in NSW. The ACI encourages clinicians, care coordinators, managers, consumers, carers, researchers and policy advisors to apply for membership to the Chronic Care Network.

Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs for the Chronic Care Network are:

  • Linda Soars, Director Integration Partnerships and Enablers, Integrated & Community Health, Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Franca Facci, Stream Leader, Integrated Chronic Disease Management, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
View the Network Executive Committee »

Background

The Chronic Care Network evolved from existing bodies responsible for the implementation and development of the NSW Chronic Disease Management Program – Connecting Care in the Community (CDMP). Members of these bodies became members of the Chronic Care Network.

Priorities

Priorities for the Chronic Care Network are to:

  • Identify and support local and state-wide quality improvement projects to enhance the management of chronic disease in NSW.
  • Better understand the needs of people with chronic conditions, their risk of hospitalisation and appropriate and cost-effective service provision.
  • Through workshops and events provide a collaborative forum to share ideas and innovations to improve the delivery of services for people living with chronic conditions.
  • Encourage consumers to partner in their own health care to encourage self-management.
  • Establish and nurture effective partnerships across sectors.