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CEO Report September 2018

12/09/2018

I am pleased to report that after two years of comprehensive consultation and service design with the community and service providers, Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) are able to offer a service that addresses key priority areas in the Gold Coast region.
 
Three million dollars per year, for the next three years, will fund the new Plus Social Program to help increase the capacity of the primary care sector to effectively manage people living with severe mental illness.
 
The program was officially launched at the new afterhours drop-in centre in Mermaid Beach last week and I would like to once again thank our guest speakers and those who came along to make it such a successful morning. GCPHN, along with the service provider Primary and Community Care Services (PCCS), are looking forward to servicing the needs of many Gold Coast residents over the next few years.
 
GPs can refer patients to this service by using the Mental Health Stepped Care Services Referral Form, which can be found on the Referral Templates page of HealthyGC.
 
For further information about the program, visit www.healthygc.com.au/PlusSocial.
 
We are back to that time of year where we ask local GPs to consider mentoring students as part of the clinical placements program run by GCPHN. Students from both Bond and Griffith Universities will need placing for 2019 and having that hands-on experience is a critical part of their development in becoming a GP. If you are a GP or work in a general practice, I strongly encourage you to consider this opportunity.
 
September is Dementia Awareness Month and World Alzheimer’s Month. Dementia Awareness Month aims to encourage all Australians to become more aware of dementia, to get a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how we can support people living with dementia. 

In light of World Suicide Prevention Day, which fell earlier in the week on 10 September, health professionals are reminded that the Gold Coast has a variety of mental health services available to support patients with, or at risk of, mild mental illness or severe mental illness. Details of local programs, including those supported by GCPHN, can be found at MentalHealthGC.com.au
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