Health experts map better future for the Central Coast
Leaders in health and education research from the Central Coast and overseas came together at Ourimbah Campus, to workshop ideas and opportunities for a new approach to health care delivery for the region.
Hosted by the University of Newcastle – Central Coast and the Central Coast Local Health District, the purpose of the Integrated Care Workshop was to build a collective understanding of integrated care opportunities for the region, drawing on expert knowledge, and the shared experience of two international guests.
Dr Anne Hardy, Clinical Lead for Integrated Care in Scotland and Dr Nick Goodwin, the co-founder of the International Foundation for Integrated Care, shared their expertise with attendees, learned from their decades’ of experience.
An integrated care model is the focus of the planned $72.5 million Central Coast Medical School and Health and Medical Research Institute, to be built at the Gosford Hospital, as part of a new Health and Wellbeing Precinct. The project is jointly funded by the UON and the Federal and NSW Governments.
This model incorporates all levels of health and allied health service delivery and encourages professionals to work together to improve patient care and health outcomes for the community, in a caring and efficient manner, said Dean of Central Coast Campus, Dr Brok Glenn.
“Integrated care is a process, a way of working, with the key outcome being the improved health and wellbeing of Central Coast residents.
“The development of a joint research institute with the UON will bring together experts from a range of health and wellbeing fields, to the Central Coast, and will build on the established learnings and research strengths of the local Health District and University, to create a better future for the Central Coast.”