Information paper

Patient Centred Health Care in Primary Care

This discussion paper deals with some of the practical ways in which primary care services including general practice, allied health services and community pharmacy can incorporate principles of patient-centred care. 

It has been produced following the National Asthma Council Australia’s Patient-Centred Health Care Workshop, held 25–27 November 2005 and funded by Pfizer Australia and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.


This discussion paper was prepared in consultation with the following workshop participants:

  • Diana Aspinall, population health consultant and Director, Arthritis NSW
  • Helen Cameron-Tucker, physiotherapist and Coordinator of Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Royal Hobart Hospital and Master Trainer, Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Peter Holder, community pharmacist, ACT
  • Judy Proudfoot, Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry and Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales
  • Ron Tomlins, general practitioner, Adjunct Associate Professor, Discipline of General Practice, Western Clinical School, Westmead, University of Sydney, and immediate past chairman, National Asthma Council Australia
  • Peter Waxman, general practitioner and Medical Advisor on General Practice, Department of Human Services, Victoria

Other contributors:

  • Karen Carey-Hazell, former Chair, Health Consumers’ Council of Western Australia and consumer representative, Consumer’s Health Forum
  • Milena Katz, dietitian

Recommended citation

National Asthma Council Australia.
Patient-centred health care in primary care: an overview
Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia, 2007.


Printed copies of our resources, including this information paper and patient brochure, can be ordered by clicking here.


Although all care has been taken, this information paper is only a general guide; it is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained.

© 2007

Related Resources

My Asthma Guide 2022
My Asthma Guide

My Asthma Guide is a handbook designed to help patients understand and manage their asthma.

View all