Aboriginal Health Services
GP down south is a not for profit, community-based organisation providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel and South West regions of WA since 1994.
In the South West, Down South Aboriginal Health, Integrated Primary Mental Health Care, the 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program, Integrated Chronic Disease Care, Diabetes Education and a Parenting Program are provided.
Integrated Primary Mental Health Care
The Integrated Primary Mental Health Care Service provides short term support, coordination and access to evidence based treatments for people at risk of or with mild to moderate mental illness. People with a current Health Care Card or experiencing financial hardship and is a resident in the South West are eligible to be referred by their GP or other health professionals to the service.
Mental health assessments, care coordination and the development of a recovery plan are undertaken in partnership between experienced Mental Health Professionals and clients of the service. The stepped care model then provides clients’ access to a range of low intensity evidence-based interventions and psychological therapies to meet their individual needs. Services are delivered through a range of modalities including telehealth, e-health and face to face sessions.
The service also offers Integrated Care Management for patients of participating General Practices. Our mental health team provides primary care liaison, case management, direct clinical interventions and care coordination services for people with severe and complex mental health conditions.
Integrated Chronic Disease Care (ICDC)
GP down south is working to improve the health outcomes for people in the south west of WA living with chronic health conditions through the delivery of a range programs.
Funded by the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the ICDC program focuses on improving the integration and coordination of services for people with chronic conditions. The program specifically targets those people who are socio-economically disadvantaged and are living with chronic diabetes, cardiac (CHF), respiratory (asthma and COPD) living in the Greater Bunbury, South West Coastal, Wellington and Warren Blackwood regions.
Care Coordination Services
Effective co-ordination of patient care is essential in achieving optimal health outcomes. Our care coordinators will work with people to assist them manage their chronic health conditions through the development of individual plans and increasing self- management capacity. This can include:
- Setting health goals and developing plans to help people achieve their desired outcomes.
- Providing health related education
- Working to develop skills to manage health condition
- Assisting people to navigate the healthcare system
- Organising referrals to service providers including allied health and community support services.
- Encouraging engagement with the local community
GP down south is working with other local service providers in the regions including WA Country Health Service and General Practice to facilitate effective chronic condition care coordination.
For further information on the locations where care coordination is available and how to access this service contact the ICDC Program Coordinator on 9754 3662.
Diabetes Education Services
GP down south employs a team of health professionals with specialist post-graduate diabetes education training to provide individually tailored diabetes education services. Our diabetes educators will work with people and their families to help them self-manage their diabetes effectively and minimise complications.
These services can be accessed by eligible people as an adjunct to those allied health services indicated in existing Medicare Team Care Arrangements.
Our staff currently provide services in Bunbury however if you live elsewher in the south west and are able to travel to Bunbury, you are also eligible to access this service.
The diabetes education service is for people who are aged 16 years+ socioeconomically disadvantaged or have limited access to diabetes education services due to financial hardship or living in a regional/rural location.
Down South Aboriginal Health (DSAH)
Down South Aboriginal Health implements strategies and provides resources to improve the health and wellbeing of the local ATSI community. Offices are in the towns of Manjimup and Collie.
The DSAH team includes Aboriginal Health Workers, Outreach Workers and Care Coordinators, and offers a range of support services to members of their local Aboriginal community including care coordination, transport to local medical and allied health appointments and outreach services.
State and Commonwealth initiatives are provided, including Footprints to Better Health Program and the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme and mainstream general practices and health organisations can refer their eligible ATSI clients in to these programs. The DSAH team work in partnership with the South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) to provide services.
Margaret River Services Mapping and Integration
The project worked to build partnerships and better integrate and coordinate services and care by mapping existing services and identifying gaps or areas of need. The project helped the community:
- Gain a better understanding of what is available in the community in terms of services and support.
- Establish clear referral pathways to improve access to available services and process efficiency.
- Use knowledge gained to inform service delivery/design improvements and future joint agency service planning and commissioning.
- Consider training needs required for key community and health service providers in psychological first aid.
- Strengthen and or develop communication pathways between service providers and the community.
- Provide input into Augusta Margaret River Shire (AMRS) community and healing programs as needed.
- Build on the work already undertaken to develop/refine service mapping, identification of duplication or gaps.
- Inform the development of the AMRS Public Health plan and Community Resilience Plan.
- Inform the AMRS Emergency recovery Plan.
- Provide appropriate referrals and support to individuals.
3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program (3TYMHP)
Working in partnership with Blackwood Youth Action, GP down south implemented a pilot of the 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program in 2017. Funding has been secured to extend the pilot in 2018 & 2019. The program has been tailored to meet local requirements and link with existing services of the Warren-Blackwood region. The program is delivered with the same three tier approach as the Peel program, with partnership and support from local schools and services.
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Aboriginal Health Clinic, Aboriginal Health Worker, Adolescent Mental Health Services, Anxiety, Chronic Disease Management, Coronary Heart Disease, Depression, General Counselling, Indigenous, Parenting & family support/education, Stress Management