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Communique – 8th September 2020

CONNECTING CARE COMMUNIQUE 8 SEPTEMBER 2020

Connecting Care Central Coast provided feedback to the local community about outcomes from the 18-month Anticipatory Care Project at a lunchtime community forum held in the Gnomon Room, Ulverstone Wharf precinct on Tuesday 25 August. Thank you to those who came.

 

We are pleased to be able to share videos from the forum which can be found on the Connecting Care Portal www.connectingcaretas.com.au or via Facebook.

 

We proudly showcased the lasting legacy the Project leaves to the Central Coast Community in the form of the Connecting Care Portal (including the Local Resource Directory) and an innovative Community Wellbeing Governance Model developed locally for Central Coast in partnership with Collective ed Ulverstone and Central Coast Council.

 

Connecting Care Portal

If you haven’t checked out the Portal recently – please do! We continue to improve functionality and content and work will begin soon on incorporating additional enhancements to ensure sustainability of the Local Resource Directory and Portal once they are gifted to Central Coast Council at the end of the year.

 

Please encourage your organisation and other local service providers, community groups and other relevant organisations to list on this FREE Directory. Without your help we can’t provide the community with the means to connect to support when and where it’s needed.

 

Central Coast Community Wellbeing Governance Model

The Collective ed Ulverstone and Connecting Care partnership is driving the transition to this new community-driven governance model. Maree Gleeson and Judi Walker are working with Collective ed to manage this smoothly and ensure that it works collaboratively with groups and organisation across Central Coast. A joint meeting of the Connecting Care Roundtable and the Collective ed working group will be held on 27 October to move this forward. Check out the short videos on the Portal and Facebook page.

 

Please like us on Facebook and keep in touch.

 

Judi Walker, Connecting Care Program Lead

Hayley Covey, Project Support Officer

Gary Walker, Data Management Project Officer

judi@connectingcaretas.com.au              support@connectingcaretas.com.au

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Tasmanians who have tested positive to COVID-19 – we want to talk to you

The stories of patients and carers provide strong witness to the events and practices that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and understand best the impact their own experience has had on them and their families.

Health Consumers Tasmania would welcome the opportunity for patients who have had tested positive to COVID-19 and carers who have cared for those who have had COVID-19 to tell us their stories so we can ensure patient experience helps inform and drive positive change within the health system to make sure we are better prepared in case this happens again.

There are many reviews happening at the moment, but none focus exclusively on understanding the patient experience.

Who is Health Consumers Tasmania?

Health Consumers Tasmania is a new state-wide community organisation that provides an independent, informed and representative voice on behalf of health consumers to make sure the health system better meets the needs of Tasmanians.

We are funded by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Primary Health Tasmania.

For more information, please visit www.healthconsumerstas.org.au


Contact us

If you would like to share your experiences about contracting COVID-19, for a confidential conversation please contact Bruce Levett at bruce@healthconsumerstas.org.au

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You are invited to the Connecting Care Community Feedback Forum. Please RSVP by 18th August

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Communique – 30 June 2020

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A Tasmanian lifeline

A Tasmanian lifeline

Lifeline Tasmania has set up a new service for Tasmanians, specifically to deal with unprecedented demand for information, advice and support because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The State Government is backing the new service with $875,000 in funding for the next 12 months.

It has also given substantial in-kind support by providing space in a State Government building where there was a fully fitted out area for the call centre, and IT expertise.

The University of Tasmania has assisted in the recruitment of social work, psychology and counselling students to staff the call centre, creating new jobs for over 25 Tasmanians. The new staff will be professionally trained and will deliver the same quality of support that Lifeline Tasmania is respected for.

Lifeline’s 13 11 14 crisis line continues to be available for those with significant and ongoing mental health issues, including those having suicidal thoughts.

The new line will deal with the many issues around what is called psychological stress.

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania stresses that psychological distress is not a mental illness. It is a normal human response to a situation that is frightening, confusing or upsetting.

Research studies indicate that most people will experience some level of psychological distress during a pandemic. For most people this will ease over time and does not lead to mental illness.

Being in ‘psychological distress’ means that a person feels unhappy, anxious, worried, angry, sad, scared or grief-stricken.

For many Tasmanians 1800 98 44 34 – A Tasmanian lifeline is a service they might never have contemplated having to access in normal times.

These are not normal times. Many Tasmanians experiencing stress, anxiety, worry, fear and a sense of helplessness because of the pandemic are strongly encouraged to seek assistance by calling this new Lifeline Tasmania service.

The new Lifeline Tasmania service will provide information on the resources available to support those impacted by the unprecedented changes in the way Tasmanians go about their daily lives, including social isolation, loss of employment, the impact on mental health, the financial challenges and, in the case of health professionals, working in a high-risk environment.

The new phone line will offer three types of support:

Call in: Tasmanians will receive psychosocial support from a trained support worker to discuss concerns and be redirected where appropriate to a referral service.

Call out: Contact socially isolated older Tasmanians identified through existing services, family and friends who are concerned or by other health professionals.

Reach out: Through partnership with those industries significantly impacted, such as tourism, hospitality, retail identify at-risk members and reach out for psychosocial support, counselling or employee assistance programs.

A Tasmanian Lifeline will be staffed from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

For more information about A Tasmanian Lifeline email: taslifeline@lifelinetasmania.org.au

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Communique – 1 June 2020

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Health Literacy Training via Zoom

You are invited to nominate up to 2 of your frontline staff and or volunteers to participate in a free 2-hour Community Health Literacy Training Program.  This follows on from 2 successful sessions we trialled in November 2019 to better connect community members to the local support they need, when they need it.

When?Friday 5 June 2020 2 – 4 pm or Wednesday 17 June 2020 9am – 11am
Where?Training will be held via Zoom (support will be provided to delegates not familiar with Zoom) and facilitated by Dr Michelle Towle
Who? Frontline staff and volunteers in local businesses, services and community groups i.e. those employees / volunteers who directly interact with members of the community.  
Why?To improve connection between health, social care and community services and local businesses, so that people with, or at risk of health related conditions receive information and support simply and easily An important form of personal and professional development for front line staff and volunteers putting people first and improving our sense of communityConnecting Care is an attitude and a way of working and how to find relevant local services; it is not a referral service
How?Email names of up to 2 people and their contact details to  support@connectingcaretas.com.au
AndAs a thank you, we are adding a free 30 minute Stress Management session – especially relevant during the current circumstances we all find ourselves dealing with.

If you wish to discuss this further, please contact 0418 508 680 or email support@connectingcaretas.com.au

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Communique – 18 May 2020

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Mapping a path out of the Coronavirus lockdown.

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Communique – 1 May 2020

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