Modelled on the successful Peel Health Hub, the Bunbury Health Hub will be a purpose built, primary care facility providing a ‘one stop shop’ for the health issues impacting young people in the Bunbury region including mental health, drugs and alcohol and suicide. It will also provide a coordinated response to the health needs of vulnerable adults, families and carers in the region. Co-located service providers will offer GP, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, assault, sexual abuse, family violence, vocational training and family support services. The Bunbury Health Hub will provide a GP supported, comprehensive and coordinated approach to improve the mental, social and physical health of its clients. This will be supported through improving access to services and an integrated Model of Care based on clinical care coordination and collaboration. Thanks to Lotterywest, we now have funding for the partnership and model of care development among potential co-locators. The Project will build relationships and support the development of innovative early intervention and prevention care models for youth health and wellbeing services in the south west region. This is a critical step in the overall realisation of a Health Hub in Bunbury. This innovative approach will change the way youth sector agencies work together and influences young people’s access to health and wellbeing services and positively impacts on their overall health. The Hub will affect change through the co-location model; reduce operating costs for service providers (through infrastructure and administrative efficiencies), overcome transport and physical access barriers, and consequently create a one-stop-shop for health and wellbeing.
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.