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Early interventions initiatives

Brisbane North PHN is funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care (DoHAC) to commission services that focus on early intervention initiatives that support healthy ageing and ongoing management of chronic conditions.

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Early Interventions Project

Four early intervention project streams specifically address the social health determinants of isolation and loneliness for priority populations including First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse people and groups and people who are economically disadvantaged.

These programs aim to:

  • support older people to live at home for longer, and promote healthy ageing and ongoing management of chronic conditions
  • increase awareness in the local primary care workforce of the needs of the local older population
  • reduce demand on local health services
  • improve quality of life for older people living with chronic disease.

Intergenerational programs

Intergenerational Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

IUIH's First Nations intergenerational program connects Elders (aged 50 and over) attending social respite with high school based allied health trainees. The program focuses on promoting social and cultural connections between the generations through health-based activities, education and organic yarning. The program is facilitated at MATSICHS Zillmere (Tuesday) and Morayfield (Friday).

For more information, email matsichs.admin@iuih.org.au or call 1800 802 265.

Paper Planes Intergenerational Play Program

Facilitated by Comlink at North Lakes and Chermside, Paper Planes fosters meaningful intergenerational and peer to peer connections for older adults and children participants.

This collaborative community initiative was developed in partnership with Edge Early Learning Centre Group to challenge ageist stereotypes, build a broader concept of community and inclusion, and supports enhanced self-confidence through building interpersonal skills.

For more information, phone 07 3485 0900 or email intergen@comlinkaustralia.com.au.

Social prescribing programs

Social health is our ability to connect and build meaningful relationships with others and impacts how comfortably we can adapt in social situations. Social prescribing is a new approach to holistic healthcare that can enhance social health through connection with others.

Social Health Connect Community Social Prescribing Program

Supported by Brisbane North PHN, Footprints’ social prescribing program can connect you to local community supports in the Caboolture and Kilcoy hospital catchments with the aim of improving your health and wellbeing in a way that is meaningful to you.

Footprints Link Workers are skilled at building relationships, are well connected in these regions and have the knowledge to navigate both government systems and community services. They might link you to supports around healthy living, social groups and activities, advice, support and service navigation. They can also provide a free interpreter.

Referrals can also be sent by health and community service practitioners via:

Fax: 07 3252 3688
Medical Objectives: SF4006000X1

Chronic conditions programs

First Nations Early Interventions

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)'s Early Interventions program offers support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over who are feeling isolated or require assistance connecting with aged care or clinical and community services. To find the best pathway for support across North Brisbane and Moreton, email matsichs.admin@iuih.org.au or phone 1800 802 265.

CarFreeMe for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

CarFreeMe, supported by Brisbane North PHN, is designed to help older adults and people with health conditions stop driving without limiting their life and freedom. Participants who complete the program have shown to own their decision to stop driving, feel more in control of planning, develop confidence and comfort, and are still able to go wherever they want to go.

For more information, email car_free_me_info@uq.edu.au.