Chronic illness care
Alpine Health shares in heart and lung disease services funding
ALPINE Health will partner with healthcare providers in the Ovens and Kiewa valleys to establish chronic disease services in Alpine Shire.
Murray Primary Health Network last Thursday announced almost $3 million in funding for chronic heart and lung disease services across central and northern Victoria.
Alpine Health was among a host of organisations to receive more than $80,000 to invest in pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation clinics, improve the quality of chronic illness care and help develop the primary health workforce.
Alpine Health chief excecutive Lyndon Seys said the organisation was excited to work with Murray PHN and local health care providers to deliver chronic disease management services.
“Alpine Health has a strong interest in partnering with the Murray PHN and local health providers to help address the growing burden of chronic diseases, such as lung and heart dis- ease in our community,” he said.
“Our rates of heart and lung disease are higher than national averages and the outcomes for people in our community, like many other rural communities, are not as positive as for those living in more urbanised areas.” According to the Australian Heart Foundation, rates of heart attack in the Alpine Shire are double those of many metropolitan Melbourne areas while chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is one of top three causes of hospitalisation in the Alpine municipality.
“These are key issues that have been raised in our service planning consultations and we know that our community wants services such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation to be provided locally,” Mr Seys said.
“This funding will allow Alpine Health to partner with our local healthcare providers, including Ovens Valley Physiotherapy, Equilibre Health and Kiewa Valley Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, to deliver high quality chronic disease management services to people across the Alpine Shire.
“In doing so, we will help improve the quality of life and outcomes for those living with illnesses such as lung and heart disease.
The partnership between Alpine Health and local healthcare providers will include the introduction of embedded local referral pathways in local health services, individual assessment and planning, group rehabilitation and individual homebased services by early next year.
“The funding will help to support people to remain healthy in their own community,” Mr Seys said.
“And by offering better support in the community it will assist in reducing the need for these individuals to become hospitalised because of their illness.”