In 2011, people living in Clarence were surveyed about their health and wellbeing. Some people said that they had a hard time getting access to doctors and health care.
Some of those reasons included:
- Not knowing what help is out there
- Health information is hard to understand
- Services can feel unwelcoming or unhelpful
Following on from the survey, Council’s Health Promotion Working Group worked on the GP Access Project to understand more about who was having a hard time accessing doctors, finding out who might be more vulnerable than others, and looking at what the barriers are that stop people from getting access to health care and health information. This information was put together into a Report.
After the report was released, Council was offered some funding by Primary Health Tasmania in December 2017 for a project that would build on this work and help the community overcome some of these barriers. The Help to Health project was born.
What is the Help to Health project?
The Help to Health project has combined different ideas and programs together to help the community get better access to health care and to take more control of their health and well-being needs. These are:
- The Right Place
- It’s Ok to Ask
- Help to Health Friends
- Clarence Talks
The Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) have put together a Help to Health Evaluation Report August 2018. This is where you can read about the work we have done from December 2017 to June 2018. Read the Report
From July 2018 to December 2019, the project has been funded by the Tasmanian Government Department of Health (DoH) Anticipatory Care Project. The DoH will support the good work we have already been doing with a focus on preventing long-term health conditions.
How can you help your community?
You can help people in the Clarence community get the best access to their health care needs by:
- Becoming a Right Place organisation
- Helping us share and promote the It’s Ok to Ask messages or by getting involved in a workshop
- Signing up as a Help to Health Friend. Here is the sign-up form.
- Helping us to promote and share Clarence Talks with your customers, consumers, family, friends, colleagues and broad social networks…or coming along yourself – they are for everyone!
- Signing up to receive our newsletter to find out what’s going on
If you can help, would like to connect with the project or have any questions you can get in touch by filling out the spaces below and we will get in touch with you.