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New chronic illness support service

Teams of health professionals will travel to remote areas in the Mid West, Gascoyne and Murchison to help reduce the rate of preventable hospitalisations for people with chronic diseases.

The WA Primary Health Alliance service will see health workers co-ordinate care and support the management of chronic conditions.

The announcement comes off the back of a 2016 population health needs assessment, which revealed diabetes complications were a leading reason people attended hospital emergency departments in the Mid West.

WAPHA regional manager Jodie Green said the service would improve the health of people who suffered from chronic diabetes, cardiology or respiratory conditions, particularly those in remote areas or people who were disadvantaged.

"The new services are a result of meaningful collaboration with GPs, our Regional Clinical Commissioning Committee and other key partners and stakeholders to ensure the needs of local communities within the Mid West, Gascoyne and Murchison regions are met," she said.

The service teams will also coordinate and link clients to relevant telehealth services.

The Panaceum Group has been contracted by WAPHA to work with allied health professionals and implement the service.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said the new chronic disease services will be a great addition for people in regional and rural WA.

"This is great news for people in the Mid West and Gascoyne regions," Ms Price said.

"Being able to manage your own health is very important, I'm pleased with this announcement for people living with chronic diseases."

Source: Midwest Times.

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