Long term SMPCP partner RDNS have now become Bolton Clarke to reflect their merger with RSL Care in 2015. The new name and logo represent the history of both the organisations in honouring the contributions of Lady Janet Clarke to RDNS and Lieutenant Colonel William Kinsey Bolton to the RSL.
We recently said farewell to Margaret Sinnott who fulfilled the role of Service Coordination and Integrated Care (SCIC) Coordinator for almost 9 years with SMPCP and its predecessor KBPCP.
While we are determining the best use of our resources into the future, we are excited to announce that Ailsa Gregory will be temporarily looking after the SCIC portfolio. Ailsa is currently working with us as Diabetes Project Officer and will now be working in dual roles.
National Close the Gap day was on Thursday 16 March and to mark the occasion SMPCP held an event at the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gathering Place (housed within the Mordialloc Life Saving Club building).
Supported by Central Bayside Community Health Services, Connect Health & Community, Inner South Community Health and the Salvation Army Crisis Services, the event was very successful. Speakers Mark Dreyfus MP and Mark Williams struck a chord with those attending and Caroline Martin was inspirational in delivering the welcome to country as well as emceeing the event.
Did you know we now have a Koori Mums and Bubs group?
Having identified that our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is a young and growing one, we have started up a Koori Mums and Bubs group to enhance community engagement.
The SMPCP Community Health Integrated Chronic Disease Collaborative recently presented their Community Health Model of Care at the Australian Disease Management Conference.
In keeping with the conference theme Person Centred Healthcare: Achievements & Challenges and co-design principles, the Model of Care was developed with consumers, clinicians and managers from all four Community Health Services in the SMPCP catchment. The Model provides care options for clients when they are self-managing and when they need comprehensive assistance and care coordination. It has ‘built in’ fluidity enabling the client to move through care options dependent on their changing health status.