July 25 2022
A successful celebration of cultural awareness and inclusiveness supported by a PHN NAIDOC Week 2022 grant has prompted Namoi Medical Services to think bigger and better for the future.
Posted September 25, 2023
Since 2015 the HNECC PHN has commissioned the Integrated Team Care (ITC) program to provide services to First Nations people with complex chronic health conditions.
An evaluation of a key health initiative underpinned by the National Agreement on Closing the Gap has found the program is achieving its desired outcome of improving life outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians.
The program aims to:
Key findings of the evaluation undertaken by Nama Jalu Consulting show the ITC program is highly regarded by all stakeholders and clients overwhelmingly reported the importance of the program and the multifaceted impact it had on their lives.
The evaluation found clients highly valued the program and reported having their medical, physical, social, emotional, and cultural needs met. Stakeholders reported the program supported clients to increase their ability to treat and manage their health conditions with clients experiencing increases in overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life as a result.
The program was seen to be especially effective for clients living with diabetes, a chronic health condition common to many First Nations people, that was often successfully managed and even reversed for some participants.
Clients who were living with multiple chronic health conditions also extracted maximal benefits from the ITC program as they are a cohort with critical need for care coordination and support.
Strong relationships marked by clear and flowing communication between all stakeholders involved in program delivery were identified as the key enablers for optimal client experience and outcomes.
The evaluation also identified several opportunities to refine and strengthen the ITC program including:
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