Responding to local health care needs
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.
CLOSING THE GAP: The Indigenous Health team.