Community and Primary Care

Winner: Building Collaborative Care with Community Services, Armadale Health Service

The Building Collaborative Care with Community Services (BCCCS) working group was established to improve engagement with consumers, carers and health and social care providers in the community. The group aims to develop stronger collaborative networks that enhance the journey of care and management of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Cardiac failure (CCF) and type 1&2 diabetes Mellitus (DM) in the Armadale catchment area.

The group consists of a diverse range of stakeholders including allied health professionals (community and hospital based), general practitioners (GP), nurses, community based health care service representatives, a consumer representative and WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA). A team of allied health professionals (Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist) coordinate this working group which is led by the Director of Allied Health, Armadale Kalamunda Group.

The working group was awarded a WAPHA Innovation and Evidence grant to assist in implementing the group’s strategies. Achievements made by the BCCCS working group include a successful network forum attended by more than 70 stakeholders and the creation of a web-based directory of local services to assist health and social care professionals in accessing various services in the community.