New partnership to benefit Armadale residents with chronic health conditions

Local Armadale GP Dr Lewis MacKinnon, Regional Manager WA Primary Health Alliance Kher-Sing Tee and Director of Allied Health Armadale Kalamunda Group, Dr B-K Tan.
Local Armadale GP Dr Lewis MacKinnon, Regional Manager WA Primary Health Alliance Kher-Sing Tee and Director of Allied Health Armadale Kalamunda Group, Dr B-K Tan.

LOCALS living with chronic health conditions are set to benefit from a new partnership in Armadale.

WA Primary Health Alliance and Armadale Kalamunda Group have created a new collaboration between Armadale Hospital, local GPs and allied health services that aims to improve the management of patients with heart and lung conditions, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Armadale Kalamunda Group allied health director B-K Tan said the Building Collaborative Care with Community Services project could improve communication, consistency and collaboration between the hospital and community-based health professionals.

“It is a co-ordinated approach partnering with the patient to encourage self-management, empower the patient and improve communication between health professional, patient and family,” she said.

“Chronic diseases are the leading cause of ill health, disability and death in Australia and have a significant impact on the health sector.

“According to the City of Armadale’s Health and Wellbeing Plan, in Armadale one in 20 have diabetes, one in 20 have heart disease and one in three are obese.”

Dr Tan said the goal was to both improve the knowledge of referring health professionals as well as giving patients better access to health information.

“Having a chronic health condition is a lifelong condition and managing this can be stressful for both the patient and their family,” she said.

“Navigating the health care system can also have its challenges.

“By working with patients and health professionals to improve knowledge and access to services, we can help the patient feel supported by their community to better manage their health care conditions.”

Locals living with a chronic health condition are invited to a free education event at the Dale Cottages, Armadale from 10am to 2.30pm on April 11.

Registrations can be made at www.managingyourhealth.eventbrite.com.au or by calling 9391 2564.

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