“Next Step” mental health program: a first for the ACT and Australia

11 April 2017

Canberrans experiencing symptoms of a mild to moderate mental health condition, with barriers to accessing Medicare services can now access free primary mental health support through the “Next Step” mental health program. 

Today Capital Health Network (CHN), ACT’s primary health network, joined with CatholicCare and Woden Community Service to launch the first integrated primary mental health stepped care program of its kind in Australia.

Professor Gabrielle Cooper honoured for service to pharmacy

30 January 2017

Capital Health Network (CHN) Chair Professor Gabrielle Cooper was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division (OAM) in this year’s Australia Day honours list.

CHN Chief Executive Gaylene Coulton warmly congratulates Professor Cooper on this prestigious award in recognition of her “service to the pharmacy sector, and to tertiary education”.

Health and wellbeing of Canberrans: Priority areas

30 November 2016

Today Capital Health Network’s (CHN) launched the ACT Baseline Needs Assessment.

The needs assessment reveals current issues and emerging trends in the health and wellbeing of the ACT population. 

CHN Chief Executive Ms Gaylene Coulton said the needs assessment is a crucial step in the commissioning process.

“It allows us to identify gaps in services and then develop strategies to address them, with ACT Government, service providers and communities,” said Ms Coulton, CHN Chief Executive.

World Mental Health Day: Supporting young people at risk of severe mental illness

10 October 2016

On World Mental Health Day (10 October 2016) Capital Health Network (CHN) is pleased to announce it will be trialing innovative approaches in mental health services.  Young people in Canberra who experience or are at risk of developing a severe mental illness will be able to access new evidence based multidisciplinary specialist services which will enhance existing services.  These services will be commissioned through CHN, the ACT’s primary health network (ACT PHN).

R U OK Day: Talking is the first step

7 September 2016

Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans to ask their family and friends “R U OK?”

CHN Chief Executive Ms Gaylene Coulton said the mission of tomorrow’s R U OK? Day is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

“We recently saw in the latest report from the ACT Chief Health Officer that 8% of Canberrans were diagnosed with anxiety and 7% were diagnosed with depression,” said Ms Coulton, CHN Chief Executive.

Asking a friend about how they’re managing is a good first step.

Be MedicineWise

24 August 2016

During Be MedicineWise Week (22 – 28 August 2016), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging all Canberrans to ensure that they are taking their prescribed medicine correctly.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said it is essential that you don’t stop taking your medicine without advice from a health professional.

“Even though you may feel better or your visible symptoms may have disappeared, it’s best to speak to your GP or Pharmacist before stopping your medicine.  Just stopping your medicine can have serious effects on your health,” said Dr Liedvogel, CHN Chair.