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