Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) announced the winners of the 2018 Inaugural Primary Health Awards at its Annual General Meeting in Sale this week. The awards aim to recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better health to the Gippsland region and in its first year, exceeded all expectations with quality applications in four categories including:
- Integration and Partnerships
- Improved Access to Health Services
- Cultural Appropriate Support for Indigenous and other Diverse Communities
Applications were received from General Practitioners, allied health organisations, hospital and community services, pharmacists, dentists, mental health professionals and Aboriginal medical services.
Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Amanda Proposch, said the quality of the projects featured within the applications was testament to the commitment and growth within our local health sector.
“The entries we received showcases the significant and quality of work being delivered by our members across Gippsland that align with the vision of Gippsland PHN for a measurably healthier Gippsland,” Ms Proposch explained.
A unique aspect of the application process was that participants were invited to submit their projects in a creative way that best told their story of success. These included a video, poster, PowerPoint presentation or report.
“Gippsland PHN’s key objectives are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” Ms Proposch said.
“The 2018 Inaugural Primary Health Awards allows us to get amazing insight into how these objectives are being met by our members. The winners are to be congratulated for their efforts and should feel proud their projects are getting the recognition they deserve.”
2018 Inaugural Primary Health Awards Winners:
|Innovation||ACSO – Australian Community Support Organisation
This winning submission demonstrated a combination of strategies for supporting families and carers who provide support for people challenged by drug and alcohol issues. It’s provided 875 single sessions of support and given 572 brief intervention for the families and carers. More than 300 individual family clients have been supported across Gippsland.
|Integration and Partnerships||South Coast Youth Clinic Partnership – South Gippsland Hospital, Foster, Leongatha Health Care Group, Korumburra Medical Centre, South Coast PCP.
This partnership developed the local Youth Assist/Access Clinics (YACs) across South Gippsland and Bass Coast as a new innovation in youth health service delivery. They also embraced a review by Orygen into referral characteristics and understanding how to develop youth services in rural settings.
|Integration and Partnerships – Honourable Mention
||West Gippsland Healthcare Group for the I.CAN Survivorship Program
This partnership included Monash University and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the program included the multi modalities with exercise and nutrition one-to-one, group and combination therapies and support. Community videos expressed the positive impact of the program
|Improved Access to Health Services
|Wonthaggi Medical Group and Bass Coast for establishing the local Pharmacotherapy Clinic
This submission identified that there were no medical practitioners trained in pharmacotherapy in the south coast region. Two of their GPs completed the pharmacotherapy training and in August 2017 a pharmacotherapy clinic opened at the practice supported by the Bass Coast Health pharmacotherapy team. There are 40-50 clients and the clinic holds 20+ permits for methadone and suboxne and continues to grow.
|Cultural Appropriate Support for Indigenous and Diverse Communities
|Relationships Australia Victoria – headspace Bairnsdale for the Unique but United project
This submission demonstrates a community led approach to provide a culturally sensitive support group for LGBTQI+ young people aged 12 – 25, who want to meet other sexually and gender diverse young people and allies in a safe and supportive space.
|Cultural Appropriate Support for Indigenous and Diverse Communities –
|Merinda Harrison-Drake from Ramahyuck – for her Care coordination work in Baw Baw Shire
This submission is a nomination for an individual and their personal commitment to primary health care for the Indigenous community. The story recognises Merinda’s dedication to her mob in Baw Baw Shire over many years. Merinda brings a strong culturally sensitive approach working closely with the local GP and other support staff to reach her indigenous community providing care coordination and support to build their health and wellness.