Better Health, Together: Social connectedness

In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area. The pilot will look into and help to address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care, and improving health and wellbeing.

Anyone can experience loneliness or social isolation at any point in their lives. Elderly people are more likely to experience this though due to the greater probability of life changes such as losing a spouse, having to relocate to a different neighbourhood or to a residential aged care facility, or ill health.

It is often associated with a change in health status, such as a major illness, a sudden or gradual deterioration in health or an ongoing chronic disease; or the death of a loved one or carer.

WA Primary Health Alliance has funded Chorus to implement the Social Connectedness pilot project from July this year in the Mandurah area.

The pilot will look into and help to address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care.

The project will take a community stakeholder approach – engaging with local government, hospitals, community groups and health professionals.

In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area. The pilot will look into and help to address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care, and improving health and wellbeing.

Anyone can experience loneliness or social isolation at any point in their lives. Elderly people are more likely to experience this though due to the greater probability of life changes such as losing a spouse, having to relocate to a different neighbourhood or to a residential aged care facility, or ill health.

It is often associated with a change in health status, such as a major illness, a sudden or gradual deterioration in health or an ongoing chronic disease; or the death of a loved one or carer.

WA Primary Health Alliance has funded Chorus to implement the Social Connectedness pilot project from July this year in the Mandurah area.

The pilot will look into and help to address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care.

The project will take a community stakeholder approach – engaging with local government, hospitals, community groups and health professionals.

We'd like to know how you connect with friends, family and others in your network if you think they may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation. Share your ideas below.
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