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Expression of Interest - Social Prescribing Project

June 01, 2021

Background

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is partnering with CheckUP to provide general practices with tools and an IT platform to encourage the uptake of ‘social prescription’ in practice populations.

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Social prescribing is the practice where health professionals including GPs, have the resources and infrastructure to link patients with social services – or even social groups – in a bid to address the determinants contributing to poor health. A GP may for example, suggest a patient join a local running group to enjoy the benefits of exercise and social interaction.

The project aims to:

  • assist general practices to educate and connect their practice population to local place-based health initiatives and health information; and
  • improve health outcomes, increase consumer participation, engagement and health ownership.

The GoShare platform will allow practices to push easy to access local health initiatives directories and information to their patients through an IT device (mobile phone, computer). Practices can also, in combination or alternatively, utilise a ‘Green Prescription’ pad to recommend exercise.

Utilising GoShare to promote preventative health qualifies as quality improvement and contributes towards your PIP QI Incentive payment requirements.

Your opportunity

A dedicated practice support resource will be provided to work with you and your practice team to incorporate a Social Prescribing model. This includes working towards a sustainable business model utilising MBS item numbers where possible.

  • Participation will give you access to the GoShare Plus platform at no cost for 12 months.
  • Practices will also be reimbursed $500 to allow staff to attend a group Social Prescription modelling and training sessions on site.

If accepted, GoShare will also enable you to link in with your PenCS CAT4 software. You will also be provided with a Social Prescribing quality improvement toolkit including ‘patient filters’ to utilise.

Your commitment

To provide patient/staff feedback on the usability of the GoShare platform and social prescribing.

This project will require all patients to provide consent to participate in the project. Patients will be contacted to complete a survey about the perceived impact of the campaign.

You acknowledge that de-identified data will be shared with the Department of Health in the form of an evaluation of the first 6 months of the project. This information will be obtained from the GoShare platform. Your practice and patients will not be identifiable.

To participate fill out your details below. For more information you can contact the Primary Care Team practicesupport@ddwmphn.com.au

The EOI will close COB Friday, 11 June 2021.

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