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Telehealth for Supportive Survivorship Care Project

Telehealth for Supportive Survivorship Care Project

We are pleased to advise a final report for the Telehealth for Supportive Survivorship Care Project has been submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services. At the completion of the project, 110 participants attended across five health services and two regions. 

The Final Report concluded that the Telehealth Supportive Survivorship Care Project utilising exercise and education is an effective program delivery model that improves social connections, health and wellness outcomes and overcomes geographical barriers for cancer survivors. As a direct result of the project 30 Cancer Wellness and Exercise programs are registered to be delivered in 2019 across ten health services. 

A Cancer Wellness and Exercise Program Toolkit will be provided to all health services directly involved in the project. You can view the toolkit here.

Some of the outcomes that were highlighted in the report are listed below:
Delivery and evaluation of eight programs across two regions and five health services to 110 participants.
Development of a robust, evidence based, best-practice program as a result of iterative refinements through an action research model that was informed by participant and facilitator feedback, input and evaluation data.
Strong links and improved relationships between health services, the ICS and primary care networks.
Dedicated local health professionals whose commitment ensured the success and implementation of the model.
Improved emotional health, wellbeing, social connections and increased local access with less travel for participants.
Increased number of self-referrals of participants directly into allied health services after the program. 
Self-reported increased levels of physical activity and uptake of fruit and vegetables.
Ongoing sustainability of the program underpinned by four factors: 

o Local champions who strengthened relationships between health services in each region
o Targeted facilitator development to future-proof the program 
o Involvement of other regional health services, and 
o Using available funding models.

The recommendations made were:
Integration of referrals into routine care with specific time-points being identified in internal processes and the patient's treatment pathway.
Funding is required to assist with ongoing training and implementation in primary and clinical care settings. 
Further engagement is required with the GPs and Primary Health Networks to increase referrals into the program at the local level. 
Evaluation of the health economic impact of the program on health services.

For further information or to book into the next program contact:

Wimmera Health Care Group                    Ph: 5381 9333
Stawell Regional Health                              Ph: 5358 8630
Rural Northwest Health - Warracknabeal Ph: 5396 1315