New chronic care packages: General practice central to coordinating integrated care

31 March 2016

Capital Health Network (CHN) supports Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement that Australians living with multiple chronic conditions will be supported by new tailored health care packages.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel strongly welcomes the key role GPs will play in the new chronic care packages.

“Under this new model, people living with multiple chronic conditions will choose one general practice through which they will receive multi-disciplinary support coordinated by a GP to manage their health,” said Dr Liedvogel, CHN Chair.

Close the Gap Day: Tackling chronic disease in the ACT

17 March 2016

Capital Health Network (CHN) is committing to continue to integrate care at a local level and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to improve their health.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said it was unacceptable that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have some of the poorest health outcomes of any group of people in the world.  In the ACT, 76.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have a chronic health condition which is significantly higher than the national average for all Australians (around 50%). 

ACT leads the nation in childhood immunisation

18 February 2016

Capital Health Network (CHN) says the ACT is the national leader in childhood immunisation rates.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said the new National Health Performance Authority report and the latest Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) figures (December 2015) showed that the ACT has the highest rate of children fully immunised in each of the three reportable age cohorts.

“We have a higher percentage of one, two and five year olds fully vaccinated here in Canberra than any other state or territory,” said Dr Liedvogel, CHN Chair.

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week: Healthy habits for Canberra kids

15 February 2016

During Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (15-21 February 2016), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging families to help their children become more active and eat more fruit and vegetables with around 25.5% of ACT children currently overweight or obese.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said it’s important to establish healthy lifestyle habits early in life to help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease later in life.

Free service for locals with anxiety or depression

28 January 2016

Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans who feel they may have mild to moderate depression or anxiety to seek free assistance through the CHN NewAccess program.

NewAccess is a free early intervention program which provides quality services for locals with stress, anxiety or mild to moderate depression by specially trained coaches through face-to-face or telephone appointments.

CHN Chair Dr Liedvogel said it’s important that mental health services are easily accessible to aid early intervention and encourage those less likely to seek support to access help.

Capital Health Network: Leading ice treatment services in the ACT

7 December 2015

Capital Health Network (CHN) will play an unprecedented lead role in planning and commissioning treatment services for ice users, following the announcement by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australia uses more methamphetamine than almost any other country, and the number of users continues to grow. Evidence suggests there are well over 200,000 users. Ice use in Australia is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted response.

World Aids Day 2015

1 December 2015

On World AIDS Day (1 December), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans who are at-risk of HIV to get appropriate screening early so they can receive treatment and counselling.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said the Annual Surveillance Report 2015 showed that over a quarter (28%) of the new HIV diagnoses in 2014 were determined to be “late”, in that they were in people who were likely to have had their infection for at least four years without being tested.

Leading primary mental health in the ACT

26 November 2015

Capital Health Network (CHN) will play an unprecedented lead role in planning and commissioning primary mental health services in the ACT, following today’s announcement by the Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley.

This major piece of reform is the first additional role for Primary Health Networks (PHN) with more regionally focused models of health care, in areas in addition to mental health, to come in the future.

Antibiotic resistance: major threat to our health

17 November 2015

During Antibiotic Awareness Week (16-22 November 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans to help fight antibiotic resistance which has been called by the World Health Organization as one of the biggest threats to human health today.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said each time we take antibiotics incorrectly or unnecessarily, we encourage the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria which contributes to superbugs spreading in the community that are bacteria resistant to several different antibiotics.

World Diabetes Day: Lifestyle Coaches help reduce risk

12 November 2015

In the lead up to World Diabetes Day (14 November 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans make positive changes to their lifestyle to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said a healthy lifestyle can prevent up to 58% of type 2 diabetes.

“We know that making a change to our diet by eating more healthily can help reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” said Dr Liedvogel.

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