Vision: Community Health aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the South West of Victoria through integrated and dynamic ambulatory health services and programs.
Locations: Warrnambool, Macarthur, Lismore and both Manifold Place and the David Newman Centre in Camperdown.
We have a strong focus on providing services for the 'whole of community' and 'life cycle' ranging from early years, youth, adults, middle and older aged people. In our health education/promotion programs, we actively promote empowering of individuals towards an optimal state of health and wellbeing.
We work and liaise with the Department of Health to ensure that our programs are aligned with regional community health priorities. Furthermore, we develop collaborative relationships with other Community Health Organisations and local government, to ensure a co-ordinated approach to service delivery.
We do this by providing services and programs to support people in the community and enable people to maintain their health, prevent illness and chronic disease.
Our five centres offer different programs and the range of services include:
Warrnambool - 5564 4190
Macarthur - 5552 2000
Lismore - 5558 3000
Manifold Place - 5593 1892
David Newman Centre - 5593 2717
From a community health perspective, the target population includes people using South West Healthcare services as well as the general community.
A principal activity for community health is to consult with local residents to determine the things that make and keep communities healthy. Community Health responds to known health issues, community concerns and uses evidence in program planning to target activity to have an impact on health outcomes.
Community Health Service program development is based on the evidence of what we know about the health in the community. With regard to mortality we know that for males and females living in the municipalities of Warrnambool, Moyne and Corangamite, the five main causes of death are heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, colon cancer and respiratory disease.
In recognition of this information, South West Healthcare have engaged the Australian Institute of Primary Care, LaTrobe University to contribute to the development of an evidence based program to address common chronic conditions.
For these Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, a planned community health program is being developed to support people living in the community.