2016 Recipients

People’s Choice

Promoting Healthy Living

The Winsome Soup Kitchen GP Clinic, Lismore

The aim of the Winsome Health Outreach Clinic is to increase access for disadvantaged and homeless people in the Northern Rivers to primary health care. The increased access reduces health inequities for this vulnerable group. The “Winsome” building (previously a hotel) provides low cost residential accommodation for marginalised men, has a daily outreach soup kitchen, and has a purpose built clinic on the ground floor.

eVillage - Bay Medical, Byron Bay and Feros Care

Bay Medical has conducted over 400 video calls with Feros Care Village Byron Bay. This has involved four general practitioners and 48 seniors. As a result, hospital admissions have been avoided, transport cost for seniors reduced, and care has been provided sooner in after-hour situations. A weekly virtual clinic has been operating with video calls replacing faxes and phone calls. This results in a more meaningful connection for the seniors and general practitioners. 

Innovation, Integration and Partnership

Reducing Health Inequity

1 Deadly Step, Casino

1 Deadly Step is a collaboration between the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and NSW Country Rugby League to address chronic disease in Aboriginal Communities in NSW. The program combines the resources of Aboriginal Medical Services, Hospitals, Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks to deliver chronic disease health checks to Aboriginal communities.

Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease in Aboriginal People, Tweed Heads

In Australia 18% of Aboriginal people have indicators for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and early CKD is asymptomatic (Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2014). Bugalwena General Practice established the Early Detection project to improve identification and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with early stage CKD.

Innovation, Integration and Partnership

Improving Health Care Access and Outcomes

No Longer on the BACK BURNER

No Longer on the BACK BURNER is a partnership of North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) and the Mid-North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) that focuses on the three biggest burden musculoskeletal conditions - Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis and Acute Low back pain.

NCPHN Needs Assessment

North Coast Primary Health Network conducted a Health Needs Assessment within a three-month period to identify the unmet health and health care needs of the North Coast population. Almost 100 service needs and almost 100 health needs were identified.