New chap­ter in treat­ment opened

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A VISIT to Su­bi­aco Li­brary might be just what the doc­tor or­dered.

The City of Su­bi­aco is the first lo­cal gov­ern­ment in WA to of­fer the Books on Pre­scrip­tion pro­gram, with health prac­ti­tion­ers ‘ pre­scrib­ing’ a self-help book to their pa­tients.

The pro­gram won the In­no­va­tion Award at the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Man­agers Aus­tralia com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment con­fer­ence in Septem­ber.

Rokeby GP doc­tor Shane Mor­ley said his fel­low prac­ti­tion­ers agreed the pro­gram was a great idea.

“Too of­ten we doc­tors rec­om­mend pa­tients buy a book and it does not hap­pen,” Dr Mor­ley said.

“The use of the li­brary for books is con­ve­nient and free, and the use of a pre­scrip­tion for the book for­malises the ser­vice, mak­ing it more likely that the pa­tient will ac­tu­ally get the book.”

Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Jo Sadler said the Books on Pre­scrip­tion linked com­mu­nity mem­bers to health providers and other com­mu­nity ser­vices like the li­brary.

“The City hopes the pro­gram’s suc­cess will en­cour­age other lo­cal gov­ern­ments to follow suit,” Ms Sadler said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d431180

Dr Deb­bie Co­hen-Jones is part of an award-win­ning treat­ment pro­gram that pre­scribes books for pa­tients to read.

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