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.
During World Immunization Week (24 – 30 April 2016), Capital Health Network is encouraging adults in Canberra to ensure that they have had their required immunisations by talking to their GP.
CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said that your immunisation requirements will depend on your workplace, where you plan to travel and your stage of life.
On World Health Day (7 April 2016), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans to make positive changes to their lifestyle to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The broad theme of the World Health Organisation (WHO) awareness day is to beat diabetes.
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.
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%).
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.