Barriers to effective Primary Health Care

Project Details

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Countries in the Western Pacific region have seen strong economic growth in recent years. The increasing economic prosperity has simultaneously seen a rise in non-communicable diseases (NCD).  NCDs, also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors.

Moving the focus of Primary Health Care (PHC) from combating infectious diseases to treating and preventing NCDs requires changes to the essential services delivered and the delivery of services at the PHC level. Large gains in improving the coverage of interventions delivered at the primary health care level have been made, but gaps remain in the quality of care provided and their equitable coverage.

Our research will explore the barriers to effective coverage of PHC and identify effective strategies to address these barriers.


Prarthna Dayal - Project Lead

Matthew Reeve - Technical Advisor


This project is funded by WHO WPRO

Research Group

Social & Cultural Dimensions of Health Systems

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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