Underpinned by primary health care, the Peel Health Hub (PHH) provides a ‘one stop shop’ health service that provides a ‘wrap around’ model of care proven to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of services. All organisations delivering services from the PHH are committed to reducing barriers and supporting a no wrong door approach for health issues impacting those at risk of poor health outcomes, however;
Presentation of clients at Peel Youth Medical Service for mental health and AOD related issues have increased from 40% to 85%;
Walk in clients in crisis are increasing. Clinical staff estimate that 50% of these clients would present at Peel Health Campus Emergency Department without intervention;
Co-locating organisations have reported increases in client numbers of between 20 and 150% since opening of the Hub.
The Peel population ranks below, and in some cases, well below the state averages on many key health metrics. This population is also growing at twice the rate of Western Australia as a whole. As such, the gap in health outcomes is increasing rapidly and urgent intervention is required to shift the health trajectory of the population back towards state norms. Poor population health also directly impacts workforce productivity. Without a healthy workforce, Peel will not be able to achieve its economic growth targets.
The Peel Health Hub is fully occupied and demand has exceeded expectation and there is clear evidence of the need for additional services, particularly for those suffering eating disorders, family and domestic violence and sexual assault. There have been, 60, 680 people through the doors in 11 months. That is just over 5, 500 a month!
Peel urgently needs more community based services supported by primary health care for people living in disadvantage and with complex health needs. It is critical to provide early intervention to support better health outcomes and prevent costly and often inappropriate emergency department presentations and hospitalisation. Without investment in community health and well-being, Peel will not reach its goals for economic development.
Peel Health Hub 2.0 will adjoin and link to the existing facility bringing new priority health services to the Peel region to provide care for 300 additional clients, and 40,000 additional occasions of service per year.
The Peel Health Hub 2.0 Business Case presents the case for investing in improving the health and well-being of the Peel community. It outlines a compelling argument for continued and increased investment on what has been an incredibly successful model of innovation in health care and one that could be replicated in other regions across the nation.
The social returns on this investment are self-evident. It is estimated that these services will contribute approximately $24m per year in benefits to the Peel community through improved education and workforce participation and productivity gains. Health system savings will amount to $3.8m per year. Importantly, improving the health and wellbeing of Peel residents is essential if the economic development goals of the region are to be realised.
The economic case is also compelling. The investment of $19.9m in construction will create 55 jobs (17 direct construction jobs and an additional 38 jobs through the supply chain). The total additional value from the generation of construction employment is $37.6m over 15 months.
The Peel Health Hub 2.0 will build on the success of the Peel Health Hub and broaden the range of integrated health services provided to those most in need.
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.