12 April 2017

New services for Corangamite patients with chronic illnesses

I’m delighted to announce that people in Corangamite living with chronic illnesses will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s $5.3m investment across Western Victoria for new services to help them better manage their conditions.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network has undertaken extensive consultation and found chronic conditions to be a major health concern for the community.

People suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma will receive help.

Lorne Community Hospital will receive $377,606 in funding to provide services to the Lorne, Apollo Bay and Colac areas from 1 July 2017.

Chronic diseases are on the rise and can be debilitating to a person and seriously affect their quality of life.

The new services will help patients in varying ways including treatment, education about their illness, help with self-management and better coordination of their care.

About half of all Australians have a chronic disease, and around 20 per cent have two or more, according to the latest statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network is responsible for selecting the new providers and administering the new services.

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) were established by the Australian Government to improve primary health care by identifying local needs and providing services to meet these needs.

Western Victoria is one of a number of PHNs which are driving local reforms, consistent with the Turnbull Government’s Long Term National Health Plan.

The work of the PHNs mirrors other government initiatives which will transform the way care is provided for people living with chronic and complex conditions.

12 April 2017