GP down south has recently secured a LotteryWest grant to renovate new premises which will see all of their primary health programs co-located within a central Hub at their main Warren Blackwood office in Manjimup. The Hub will have enhanced capacity for telehealth services, fit for purpose consultation rooms, areas for visiting specialists and a group room to provide training opportunities for local health professionals and community education workshops.
GP down south provides community health services in areas of Mental Health, Integrated Chronic Disease Care, Aboriginal Health, and Care Coordination through the My Health Partnerships pilot program. Outreach services are provided to smaller townships across the region, and collaborations with WACHS through Diabetes Education and the Healthy Eating Active Living program further support service delivery to the community. Additionally, the Mental Health team are commencing the Life Launch Pad self-empowerment program in collaboration with Consumers of Mental Health WA in February 2024.
The health system is complex to navigate and for people with chronic health and social issues it is often difficult to maintain the momentum required to address their various needs effectively. People with chronic conditions often have multiple health needs, and therefore have several health professionals and services involved in providing care and assistance. This requires effective communication across all sectors and geographic locations within the Warren Blackwood.
The Innovative Models of Care is a Federally funded pilot program from the Department of Health and Ageing, through which GP down south has developed the My Health Partnerships program. This pilot program aims to address health access through enhanced connections between local health and community services, and the populations they serve. Care Coordinators work alongside individuals and their families / caregivers to provide a personalized approach to the management of their health and wellbeing needs through advocacy, education, and partnership.
The Hub will be central for the delivery of all GP down south programs and work on the new premises will commence at the end of February and will be ready to serve the community as a central Hub for health and wellbeing information from May 2024.
Jane Kelsbie MLA, Member for the Warren Blackwood presented the grant to the GP down south team on the 23rd of January, and said, “GP Down South is a great example of a one-stop-shop organisation offering regional patients general health, mental health and chronic disease management services close to home. “This Lotterywest grant will help GP Down South deliver an innovative healthcare model, with telehealth capabilities, that focuses on early intervention and prevention in the region. “I’m pleased that this funding will assist GP Down South continue to provide its health services to our local community and support those most vulnerable.”
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.