Chronic ill­ness care

Alpine Health shares in heart and lung dis­ease ser­vices fund­ing

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.”

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