Apr 09
Grenfell kicks off Integrated Care Program

​A health program recently implemented at Grenfell aims to increase the level of care provided to clients with complex and chronic health needs.

Integrated Care Registered Nurse, Kathy McKellar said she is excited to welcome the program to Grenfell.

“The goal of the Program is to create a streamlined and coordinated approach to how we provide health care to our community," Kathy said.

“The type of clients we enrol in the Program often live with a condition that isn't going away or clients who live with more than one condition, and visit their doctor or present to their local hospital more regularly than is usual."

“The Integrated Care Program's goal is to identify people that have high risk and complex health needs that may benefit from better coordinated and integrated health care."

Local Grenfell nurses will help clients in the program link multiple care providers across hospital, primary, community and social sectors in the Grenfell area to ensure client's receive the best care possible for their condition.

“Clients wishing to enrol in this program will be asked to give consent for their health information to be shared with the group of health services who will meet regularly to ensure the care is streamlined and remains focused on the client's own goals and needs," Kathy said.

“The client's own involvement in their care planning and decision-making is a key aspect of the Program."

“The Integrated Care team aim to keep the client's needs and wishes at the centre of the care planning to maximise the chance of success and to help keep clients motivated."

Anyone interested in being part of the Program should contact the Grenfell Community Health Centre by phoning (02) 6349 1777.

To be eligible to enrol, people need to be existing or prospective patients of Dr Patrick Akhiwu of Main Street Medical Services in Grenfell.

The Project is one of several which have been established across NSW, funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and supported by the Primary Health Network (PHN).

Grenfell is one of the third wave sites along with Condobolin, Bourke, Brewarrina and Orange.