Re­spond­ing to lo­cal health care needs

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - WIDE BAY MEDICARE LOCAL -

THE Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal is an in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion with strong links to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, ser­vice providers and pa­tient groups.

Its role is to re­spond ef­fec­tively to lo­cal health care needs, and it is re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing it eas­ier for pa­tients and ser­vice providers to nav­i­gate their way through the health care sys­tem.

WBML is al­ready work­ing hard to co-or­di­nate in­te­grated and seam­less health ser­vices which will ben­e­fit both health pro­fes­sion­als and, most im­por­tantly of all, pa­tients.

Over the next few months, the Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal will be de­liv­er­ing on some key health­care ini­tia­tives.

Some ma­jor projects in­clude im­prov­ing ac­cess to af­ter-hours med­i­cal care and launch­ing the most com­pre­hen­sive study ever done into the re­gion’s health needs.

Gen­eral man­ager pro­grams and busi­ness devel­op­ment Mitchell Gram­bauer said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was fast be­com­ing the driv­ing force be­hind im­prove­ments to health­care for peo­ple in the Wide Bay.

“By en­gag­ing with health pro­fes­sion­als, or­gan­i­sa­tions and pa­tients, we are cre­at­ing part­ner­ships for ef­fec­tive ac­tion and an en­vi­ron­ment of shared re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Mr Gram­bauer said.

“Our goal is to en­sure that health ser­vices are bet­ter tai­lored to meet the needs of the Wide Bay’s di­verse com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Wide Bay Medi­care Lo­cal also de­liv­ers a range of pro­grams, in­clud­ing:

■ Ac­cess to Al­lied Psy­cho­log­i­cal Ser­vice:

The ATAPS pro­gram is funded by the Com­mon­wealth Government to help low in­come earn­ers ac­cess psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices.

■ Di­a­betes Care Project: The WBML is lead­ing a Di­a­betes Care Project pi­lot study in the Wide Bay. The aim is to pro­vide a more pa­tient-cen­tred ap­proach to care through ex­pand­ing the choices avail­able to peo­ple with di­a­betes and by pro­vid­ing more co-or­di­nated ed­u­ca­tion and care.

■ In­dige­nous Health: Care co-or­di­na­tion and sup­ple­men­tary ser­vices; Clos­ing the Gap; Tack­ling smok­ing and healthy life­style. ■ Pal­lNet: Pal­lNet is a net­work of co­or­di­nated ser­vices, prac­ti­tion­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers on the Fraser Coast who re­spond to the needs of an in­formed com­mu­nity in pro­mot­ing ex­cel­lent care and sup­port to dy­ing peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. ■ Qual­ity use of Medicines: QUM aims to de­liver ev­i­dence-based in­for­ma­tion about medicines and med­i­cal tests to gen­eral prac­tice and phar­ma­cies.

■ Ru­ral Pri­mary Health Ser­vice:

The RPHS pro­gram is funded by the Com­mon­wealth Government and fo­cuses on in­creas­ing com­mu­nity ac­cess to a range of pri­mary and al­lied health care ser­vices that have been iden­ti­fied as high pri­or­ity.

PHOTO: SCOT­TIE SIM­MONDS BUN051212WDE6

CLOS­ING THE GAP: The In­dige­nous Health team.

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