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A first round of Aboriginal Coordinated Care Trials have been completed in WA, NSW and the NT. These trials are tested three principal innovations in Indigenous health:
- models of community control of health services through the establishment of health boards that have responsibility for the health services in a defined region;
- the cashing out of MBS and PBS funds to these health boards to supplement the funding of health services in these regions;
- the "coordination of care" through the development and implementation of clinical protocols for the prevention, early detection and management of priority health conditions. The implementation of these protocols is supported by the implementation of information systems for reminders and recall for services to individual clients.
The significant achievements of these trials have led to the development of plans for the development and implementation of similar arrangements that aim to improve access to Primary Health Care on a wider scale.