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  • New funding announced to help reduce overweight and obesity levels, and promote healthy and active ageing for people who live in South Eastern NSW
  • Links to new resources available for GPs and other health professionals

A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

Earlier this year, we talked about our upcoming innovation project to help practices in our region get ready and move towards adopting a patient centred medical home model of care. Through our innovation project, up to 12 practices will have an opportunity to be funded to work collaboratively with us on areas of interest.

Applications to be part of this project opened in early July with a number of practices in the process of preparing their submissions. Applications close on 13 August so there is still time to express your interest. More information can be found on our
website or you can contact your Health Coordination Consultant. See more details about the project below.

Meanwhile, it's great to see the enthusiasm from GPs to participate in our comprehensive leadership development program run by BMP Health Management Consultants. The course is now full, however if you are interested in future courses please let us know - you can either go on the waiting list, or we can keep your names for the next time the exciting program is run. Find out more here.

In other news, we recently announced $1.7 million in Commonwealth funding for eight new programs to help reduce overweight and obesity levels, and promote healthy and active ageing for people who live in South Eastern NSW.

The programs funded to focus on evidence-based physical activity, nutrition and weight loss include:

  • Programmed shared medical appointments: Australasian Society for Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) – eight medical practices have been selected to offer shared medical appointments in weight control.
  • Rural and regional service gaps: Grand Pacific Health – offering a series of evidence-based physical activity and nutrition programs to fill an identified service gap to tackle the issue of overweight and obesity in the South Eastern NSW region.
  • Active8, Peer Coaching and Eat, Plant, Learn: Neami National – programs to address the poor physical health, particularly the high incidence of overweight and obesity, commonly experienced by people who have a mental illness. Access a referral form here.
  • Obesity service: Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres – offering a centralised obesity service for clients in the Shoalhaven region to access weight management, assessment and screening.
  • Pair up: Behaviour Design Works – offering a program to increase the physical activity levels of adults aged between 18 and 65 years in the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley.

The programs funded to promote healthy and active ageing to residents to enable them to stay well and remain living in their communities as they age include:
  • Malnutrition screening: University of Wollongong – offering routine screening for malnutrition in older adults and an accompanying care plan. It will be rolled out to 12 practices serving geographical areas that have high proportions of the population above 75 years within the PHN area. Find out more about getting your practice involved in this project here.
  • Preventing Falls, Promoting Life: Grand Pacific Health – offering a service that aims to prevent falls and harm from falls, in targeted locations that have high ageing populations with high rates of falls, and have identified service gaps for falls prevention options.
  • Grey Medallion: Royal Life Saving NSW – has been commissioned to offer 400-500 older people the opportunity to undertake the Grey Medallion program.

We are delighted with the innovative opportunities that have emerged through this commissioning process and look forward to working with the organisations to review and measure the success in bringing about change.

Behaviour Design Works’ Pair Up program is funded until 30 December 2017. All other programs will be funded until 30 June 2018. Find out more >

Dianne Kitcher