CESPHN funding to improve after hours primary health care services

We are pleased to announce that Consumer Activity Network (CAN) Mental Health and the University of Wollongong, School of Health and Society will be funded by CESPHN to improve after hours primary health care services in our region.

In 2016, we invited eligible organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects and services to improve the coordination, efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of after hours primary care in our region. Funding will be used to address the key priority areas highlighted in our 2016 needs assessment.

CAN Mental Health

After Hours Support Line
CAN Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation championing recovery for mental health consumers. This project will establish a peer run support service that will provide an after hours telephone support line to CESPHN residents experiencing psychological distress. 

University of Wollongong, School of Health and Society

Emergency Department Presentation Research Project
A project to analyse service utilisation within the CESPHN region, with the findings being used to inform future projects and planning for hospitals, our PHN and other health providers. The project will also inform future research and policy.

A panel of CESPHN and independent representatives considered a wide range of applications. The successful organisations submitted proposals for innovative solutions that met the needs of CESPHN and the application criteria.

CESPHN is pleased to be working in partnership with both the University of Wollongong and CAN Mental Health to deliver the projects which will lead to better health outcomes for people in our region, and improvement in services being delivered within the after hours period.