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Our Chronic Conditions program keeps growing and delivering results to the south west community.
GP down south is delivering professional development opportunities to medical professionals and pharmacists on “Managing Chronic Conditions in South West WA. The education session will cover improving health outcomes for people with chronic conditions and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) to maximise function and prevent hospitalisation.
If you have not already heard the phrase ‘chronic conditions’, you will – a lot. In 2015 over 11 million Australians (50%) reported having at least one of the 8 chronic conditions - arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and mental health conditions – and chronic disease among our population is on the rise.
Another Down South Aboriginal Health staff member, Sophia Karahoutis has just graduated fromTAFE’s Primary Health Care program. Graduating with a Certificate IV in Primary Health Care, Sophia is now a fully qualified Aboriginal Health Worker.
The course covered a variety of topics such as holistic care, business technology, working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Context, address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health and learning how to advocate on patients’ behalf.