Recent announcements

Recent announcements about COORDINARE's commissioning activity include:

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NEW FUNDING FOR LOCAL MOBILE DRUG & ALCOHOL TREATMENT SERVICES

COORDINARE announced funding to support Lives Lived Well and Directions Health to establish new drug and alcohol rehabilitation services for people in the Shoalhaven and Bega Valley from October 2020.

This funding forms part of the Commonwealth’s Community Health and Hospital Program (CHHP) which aims to increase access to services for people with a drug and alcohol dependence, and reduce pressure on community and hospital services.

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LEAD AGENCY ANNOUNCED FOR HEADSPACE SERVICE IN BATEMANS BAY

COORDINARE announced that Relationships Australia Canberra & Region, a not-for-profit service provider, has been awarded the role of lead agency to oversee the headspace service in Batemans Bay from late 2020.

The existing headspace service in Batemans Bay, set up by COORDINARE in partnership with headspace National as an interim response to bushfires, will continue to operate until the full headspace centre is established later this year.

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FEE-FREE TAFE NSW MENTAL HEALTH COURSES TO SUPPORT LOCAL AGED CARE RESIDENTS

Two fee-free TAFE NSW courses aimed at empowering aged care workers to better understand and address mental health issues in residents have been launched in Wollongong and Shellharbour. 

The online courses, customised by TAFE NSW, have been funded by COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and are available to local residential aged care employees who will graduate with a Statement of Attainment. 

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NEW COUNSELLING SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE

This year has been a challenging time for many, especially during and after the devastating bushfires across the region. It’s important to remember there are a variety of options available to support you in your recovery, with COORDINARE announcing a new and additional counselling service.

General counselling and psychological support services are being delivered by CatholicCare, and available to anyone experiencing concern or distress as a result of the 2019-20 bushfires. 

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SUPPORTING YOU THROUGH COMPLEX MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

People living with a mental health issue may find their symptoms have returned or become more intense as a result of the bushfires and/or the impact of the current pandemic. COORDINARE has announced a new service to support people living with complex mental health issues in the region.

The Rural Outreach Mental Health Service will support people via specialist mental health treatment. Education and strategies will be included to help people stay well and to support their mental wellbeing.

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BUSHFIRE CARE NAVIGATION SUPPORT – SUPPORTING YOUR RECOVERY

A new service is now available in the Shoalhaven and Southern NSW to help people connect with the right support services, through funding from COORDINARE.

Care Navigators will offer advice on service availability and work with people requiring support for their physical and/or mental wellbeing. They will also be able to support people to connect with services to address other needs as required, such as housing, financial or practical assistance.

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SUPPORT SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN BATEMANS BAY

Young people affected by the recent bushfires will soon be able to access youth friendly, confidential mental health and wellbeing services through a bushfire response service in Batemans Bay.

The interim service, which is currently in the planning phase and will commence in the coming weeks, will be set up by COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN in partnership with headspace National. 

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NATURAL DISASTER FUNDING FOR DROUGHT AND BUSHFIRE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

Applications are now open for organisations and / or community groups to support people in Southern NSW and the Shoalhaven in dealing with the uncertainty, stress and anxiety of drought conditions, or to recover from the effects of the recent bushfires.

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NEW FUNDING DELIVERS PHARMACIST INTO LOCAL GENERAL PRACTICES

COORDINARE announced funding to support four general practices in the region integrate a non-dispensing pharmacist as part of their care teams, with the aim of providing medication-related advice to patients.

This funding is an extension of the Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) innovation project, which saw a consultant pharmacist successfully integrated within a general practice during a trial in 2018.

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PITCH NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS

COORDINARE's inaugural Pitch Night was held in Wollongong, with three local organisations, Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation, Scarf Incorporated and Beyond Empathy receiving their share of almost $175,000 in funding.

This will go towards their innovative projects designed to improve the health and wellbeing of refugees, Aboriginal people and youth at risk in the Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas.

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NEW DRUG AND ALCOHOL SUPPORT SERVICE FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE

COORDINARE announced that Marathon Health will be funded to provide a new drug and alcohol support service for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Yass and surrounding areas.

Consultation was undertaken with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait community including Elders to understand the key priority support needs, and identify gaps in available services.

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EMPOWERING OUR COMMUNITIES FUNDING WILL SUPPORT DROUGHT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

COORDINARE announced that applications are now open for organisations and/or community groups who are interested in supporting drought affected communities within Shoalhaven and Southern NSW.  

We have been granted funding under the Federal Government's Empowering our Communities initiative to aid community-led initiatives which promote health and wellbeing.

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NEW PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS

COORDINARE announced $1.5 million in funding until June 2021 for Flourish Australia to provide a new psychosocial support service for people in South Eastern NSW with severe and complex mental health needs who are not eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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SUPPORTING THE ‘ACCIDENTAL COUNSELLORS’ IN THE BEGA VALLEY

COORDINARE joined with Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, to announce funding for a training program, titled ‘Accidental counsellor’.

The program aims to assist residents within the Bega Valley to create safe and supportive interactions with their family and friends as they recover from the bushfires of 2018.

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HEADSPACE BEGA OFFICIALLY OPENS

headspace Bega was opened by Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, along with Dianne Kitcher (CEO of COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN who is funding the initiative), Ron de Jongh (CEO of Grand Pacific Health – the lead agency providing the service), Jason Trethowan (CEO of headspace National) and some of the young people who have been involved in the establishment of the centre.

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NEW PSYCHIATRY SUPPORT LINE AVAILABLE FOR GPS

COORDINARE joined five other PHNs to announce that ProCare Mental Health Services, a not-for-profit service provider, has been funded to operate a new psychiatry support line for GPs.

GPs have said they would like timely access to psychiatry expertise to assist them managing the care of their patients with mental health problems.

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LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES BOOSTED FOR TATHRA RESIDENTS

COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and Senator Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for NSW, announced that residents in Tathra and surrounding areas can now take advantage of increased mental health support services following the recent bushfires.

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PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

COORDINARE announced that additional Commonwealth funding will be provided for palliative and end of life care in South Eastern NSW. This funding is part of a broader project aimed at supporting improved capacity, coordination and partnerships between providers of palliative and end of life care. 

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