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Antonella Segre - Social Prescribing


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Presentation by Antonella Segre, of Connect Groups - Social Prescribing: An old concept but a new way forward. Presented at the Western Australian Mental Health Conference 2019.

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Antonella Segre - Social Prescribing

  1. 1. Social Prescribing – An Old Concept but a New Way Forward Antonella Segre - CEO
  2. 2. Purpose of Today o Define Social Prescribing o Demonstrate two community-based case studies where social prescribing is resulting in:  Improved Community Wellbeing  Improved Mental Health Outcomes  Reduction in Social Exclusion
  3. 3. What is Social Prescribing? What would it look like for the healthcare system to see a patient as a whole person, instead of focusing on just their medical diagnoses? What if, along with medication, doctors and nurse practitioners were enabled to prescribe dance lessons, cooking classes, volunteer roles, caregiver supports, single-parent groups, and connections to bereavement networks?
  4. 4. Social Prescribing: A new WAY of thinking about health care Social prescribing is a structured way of referring people to a range of local, non-clinical services. It complements clinical treatments and seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. This asset-based approach goes beyond treating illnesses. It recognizes people as not just patients with needs, but as community members with gifts to share, while supporting them to engage with and contribute back to their communities.
  5. 5. It’s all about the Person The social prescription should be an activity that is in keeping with the individual’s interests in order to enhance its benefits and individual adherence to it. These activities can then be combined with appropriate medical treatment (if required) to optimise chances of recovery, wellbeing and overall quality of life.
  6. 6. The Sustainable Health Review
  7. 7. Social Prescribing’s Connection to the Sustainable Health Review o Ageing population o Chronic disease cost o ED attendances on the rise o Hospital admissions on the rise o Fewest GPs per capita of all States o Value for money o Partnerships across sectors o Technology and innovation
  8. 8. Community Link Booth – Fiona Stanley Hospital
  9. 9. HOW IT WORKS
  10. 10. The CLB Program enables: 1. Clinicians/allied health/social workers within the hospital system to prescribe the most appropriate care, which may be non-medical, by connecting patients, families and carers to supports within their community through the CLB volunteers. 2. It enables patients and their families to feel empowered in their choices and best self manage their recovery journeys.
  11. 11. Community Link Booth Outcomes
  12. 12. Social Inclusion as a determinant of mental health and wellbeing: o Growing body of evidence of the link between social capital and mental health and wellbeing. Studies identify that social support: o strengthens mental health o reduces depressive episodes o has a protective effect on health Community Link Booth Outcomes
  13. 13. Hand to Heart Program
  14. 14. HOW IT WORKS
  15. 15. THE PURPOSE OF THE MODEL o to empower seniors to improve their quality of life by creating meaningful long-term relationships with other members of the community and finding a sense of purpose and belonging. o assist seniors in the early stages of dementia by linking them to relevant support and activities they can safely participate in. o address isolation and suicide audiation
  16. 16. Link to seniors in isolation: o Improved Community Wellbeing o Improved Mental Health Outcomes o Reduction in Social Exclusion o Single Council | Low Cost | Volunteer Operated Hand to Heart Outcomes Referrals 44 Home Visits 50 Seniors re-connected to community 30 68% of seniors were successfully reconnected back to community
  17. 17. Both programs have established Good Practice models that are scalable across all councils within the state, with minimal investment and meaningful outcomes. Social Prescribing is Scalable
  18. 18. Key stakeholders to engage with to set up a social prescribing model: o GP’s o Pharmacists o LGA’s o CRC’s o Hospitals o Health and Mental Health care workers o Community and Neighbourhood centres Partnerships and Collaboration in the Regions
  19. 19. LOOK FOR THE OPPORTUNITY Psychosocial problems impact on the health and wellbeing of people. Primary care staff may feel overwhelmed and not equipped to handle the psychosocial problems that primary care patients present with. The commonly available options for patients presenting psychosocial problems are medication, psychotherapy (cognitive behavioural therapy), and counselling. Despite the potential benefits and policy attention, community, voluntary, and social enterprise sector willingness to address the wider determinants of health in primary care often remains underused due to weak or non-existent links between the two sectors. PARTNERSHIPS IS THE ANSWER
  20. 20. 08 93646909