Rural Northwest Health’s new governance committee has successfully adopted a new model of care to support the organisation through recent funding cuts.
The Wagner Chronic Care Model identifies essential elements in a heath care agency that is encouraging high quality chronic disease care. The model is designed to develop the elements into components that build upon each other.
Rural Northwest Health CEO Catherine Morley said the model would help to ensure the organisation was directing chronic disease resources towards those who were most in need.
“Chronic disease is the biggest issue we are facing in Yarriambiack Shire so it is important that we engage the best possible format to treat those who need it most,” Ms Morley said.
“The Wagner model is the best option to ensure equal outcomes for our community,” she said.
Ms Morley said she was pleased with the quality of representation on the governance committee, which includes two community members.
“Between the committee, our board of management and the executive team, we have worked extremely hard to maintain all our clinical services after losing almost $270,000 in Primary Health Network funding,” she said.
“We have managed to keep all our services and we are presently working our way through a redeployment program for team members.
“It has been a difficult task but a vitally important one where we are putting team members into the right roles.
“Importantly, our nurses have not lost hours or their jobs and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that never changes.”
Ms Morley said there had been a lot of incorrect information leaking into the region.
“We just want everyone to know that through the new model, we have supported our team members in every way possible and we have maintained every service to ensure we continue providing innovative care to our community.”