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).
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.
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.
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 Capital Health Network (CHN), the ACT’s primary health network.
Tomorrow is World Hepatitis Day (28 July 2016) which aims to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and the importance of prevention programs and early access to treatment.
Capital Health Network (CHN) Chief Executive Ms Gaylene Coulton said that the first of March 2016 will be remembered as a remarkable day in Australian medical history
During AMA’s Family Doctor Week (24 – 30 July 2016), AMA ACT President Prof Stephen Robson and Capital Health Network (CHN) Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel join together to highlight the role local family doctors play in delivering high-quality holistic health care.
AMA ACT President Prof Stephen Robson said Australians already know the benefits of visiting their GP, with 85% of the population visiting a GP at least once a year. Canberra has a dedicated workforce of GPs that look after their patients skillfully.
Today Capital Health Network (CHN) Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel launched the ACT Peer Led Mental Health Helpline which is the first helpline in Canberra to be staffed by trained volunteers who have lived experience of mental illness.
Dr Liedvogel said around 20% of adults are affected by some form of mental illness every year.
"Trained volunteers on the ACT Helpline will offer emotional support to individuals who call by providing an empathic and listening ear as they themselves also have lived experience of mental illness," said Dr Liedvogel.
During National Palliative Care Week (22 – 28 May 2016), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging all Canberrans to have a chat with loved ones about their future health care wishes. It is about starting a conversation and not just filling out paperwork.
CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said it’s important for people to discuss and know about their loved ones wishes for end of life care including medical treatment, complete an Advance Care Plan (ACP), and then get on with life.
On International Nurses Day (12 May 2016), Capital Health Network (CHN) is celebrating the key role nurses play in providing health care in primary, aged and community care settings.
Nurses have been found once again to be the most ethical and honest profession. The Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey has shown that Australians have rated nurses in the top position for 21 years in a row, since nurses were first included on the survey.
A new report released today by the National Health Performance Authority shows that attendances at Emergency Departments (ED) are increasing each year by 3% despite the population growth being only 1.6%. This increasing demand will become unsustainable.