Capital Health Network (CHN) welcomes the announcement from the ACT Government that a locally trialled innovative aged-care PHN program will now be expanded across the ACT through ACT Government funding. CHN commissioned Calvary Public Hospital Bruce to trial the PHN Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation (GRACE) Program in 2016 to provide expert, coordinated and collaborative health care to residents of five Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) in north Canberra.
A successful two-year pilot has shown the benefits of having a non-dispensing Pharmacist in general practice, as part of the health care team. The pilot, held in Isabella Plains Medical Centre, YourGP@Crace and National Health Co-op, was evaluated by the University of Canberra which concluded that having a Pharmacist on board has increased the quality of prescribing, increased support to GPs, saved GPs time and reduced costs to patients.
headspace Canberra is moving! We will be moving to a new centrally located space that will be better equipped and designed to meet the growing demand for our services.
headspace Canberra is designed to make it as easy as possible for young people to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. The centre will be relocating to Braddon, from 18 December, to better service young people across Canberra.
Capital Health Network, ACT’s Primary Health Network (PHN), has made a submission in response to the ACT Budget 2019/20 Consultation which calls for better support for primary care to improve the health of Canberrans.
Capital Health Network Chief Executive Adj Prof Gaylene Coulton said the seven key priority areas in their submission have been identified through a rigorous and evidence-based Needs Assessment process which monitors the health and wellbeing needs of the ACT population.
Canberrans are learning about My Health Record which all Australians will receive by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to have one.
My Health Record is a digital library of your health documents which can provide potential benefits including fewer hospital admissions and adverse drug events, reduced duplication of tests, supporting coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, better informed treatment decisions and a more effective and efficient healthcare system.
A local cross sector forum has been held with over 80 stakeholders working together to identify how to improve mental health outcomes for Canberrans. Opened by Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury, the joint ACT Health and Capital Health Network (CHN) forum was the first step in working towards a better integrated mental health system for the ACT, through the development of a Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
Canberrans who wheeze or sneeze in Spring are encouraged to see their GP ahead of pollen season
At the beginning of the 2018 pollen season, Canberrans are being reminded to speak to their GP about asthma and hay fever management.
ACT Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said people with asthma and hay fever and those who wheeze or sneeze in Spring should see their GP to make sure their asthma and hay fever management plan is in place.
Monday 16 July marks the beginning of an extensive national community engagement and communications strategy to inform all Australians on the benefits of My Health Record and their right to opt out should they choose not to have a digital health record.