This month, we wanted to understand how our Panel members manage their health, or the health of someone they care about, during summer holiday periods.
Almost 65% of our Panel said that they or someone they care about has needed to access health care during a previous summer holiday period. For 2 in 3 people, this was an unexpected visit.
The majority of people who accessed health care during a previous summer had care provided at the local doctor’s surgery or an available doctor’s surgery. The second most common location was the emergency department, followed by a pharmacy or x-ray /medical imaging clinic (see word cloud below).
We then asked the Panel whether the health care received met their needs (or the needs of someone they care about). Some key comments included:
We also asked the Panel whether they have ever received specific instructions from a health care provider about how to manage health over the holiday period. The majority of people (65%) said no to this question. Of those who said yes, more than half (54%) felt ‘Very confident’ following the care plan suggested, and 46% felt ‘Somewhat confident’.
We also asked people whether they have made preparations to manage their health or someone else’s for the upcoming summer holiday. Almost half of the respondents (49%) indicated yes, while 30% of people said no. A further 22% said they don’t need to.
Above: We asked the Panel whether they have made preparations to manage health care over the upcoming summer holiday period.
When it comes to strategies for managing health ahead of the holidays, the top three actions were:
The Panel had some excellent tips and advice to share around planning for the summer holidays. Some key tips for members of the community included:
Some advice for health care providers included:
Thank you to our Consumer Health Panel members for sharing your thoughts on managing health care needs during the summer holidays.
It’s important for the team at COORDINARE to understand the precautions people take and the challenges faced in accessing health care during this busy period.***
If you answered YES to these questions, Southern NSW Local Health District together with COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, are seeking expressions of interest to be part of an important health workshop.
To register your interest or for more information, please phone Nina on 0436 847 010 or Emma on 0436 839 080.
You can also email SNSWLHD-Planning@health.nsw.gov.au.
Did you know you can find out the latest health-related opportunities for the community on COORDINARE’s Community groups and events page? The page is updated regularly, and there are several great opportunities available.
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