Call for better support for primary care to improve health of Canberrans

22 November 2018

Capital Health Network, ACT’s Primary Health Network (PHN), has made a submission in response to the ACT Budget 2019/20 Consultation which calls for better support for primary care to improve the health of Canberrans.

Capital Health Network Chief Executive Adj Prof Gaylene Coulton said the seven key priority areas in their submission have been identified through a rigorous and evidence-based Needs Assessment process which monitors the health and wellbeing needs of the ACT population.

Canberrans get involved with My Health Record

3 October 2018

Canberrans are learning about My Health Record which all Australians will receive by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to have one. 

My Health Record is a digital library of your health documents which can provide potential benefits including fewer hospital admissions and adverse drug events, reduced duplication of tests, supporting coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, better informed treatment decisions and a more effective and efficient healthcare system.

Better mental health outcomes for Canberrans

13 September 2018

A local cross sector forum has been held with over 80 stakeholders working together to identify how to improve mental health outcomes for Canberrans.  Opened by Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury, the joint ACT Health and Capital Health Network (CHN) forum was the first step in working towards a better integrated mental health system for the ACT, through the development of a Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. 

JOINT ACT HEALTH RELEASE: Canberrans who wheeze or sneeze in Spring are encouraged to see their GP ahead of pollen season

6 September 2018

Canberrans who wheeze or sneeze in Spring are encouraged to see their GP ahead of pollen season

At the beginning of the 2018 pollen season, Canberrans are being reminded to speak to their GP about asthma and hay fever management.

ACT Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said people with asthma and hay fever and those who wheeze or sneeze in Spring should see their GP to make sure their asthma and hay fever management plan is in place. 

My Health Record improving outcomes for people in palliative care

23 May 2018

During National Palliative Care Week (20 -26 May 2018) Canberrans are being encouraged to include My Health Record in the discussion of ‘What Matters Most?’

What matters most for a lot of people is being able to take control of their own health and their digital health information.  My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information which is controlled by the individual, allowing health care providers involved in a person’s care to securely share health information.  For people who require palliative care, this takes a lot of the pressure off.

Joint release with Senator Seselja: Support for young Canberrans with mental health issues

28 March 2018

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and Capital Health Network, ACT primary’s health network, today announced Marathon Health as the new Lead Agency for headspace Canberra to provide early intervention mental health services to young people aged 12 to 25 in the ACT.  Headspace Canberra, funded through the ACT PHN Programme, is designed to make it as easy as possible for young people to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.  

Free flu vaccine for ACT’s young children

27 February 2018

Capital Health Network (CHN), ACT’s primary health network, welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris that children between the ages of six months and five years will be eligible for a free influenza vaccine in the ACT.

CHN Chief Executive Gaylene Coulton said the new ACT Government funded program will help reduce the cases of influenza (commonly known as the flu) in local children under 5 years of age.