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GPs wanted for injured workers social prescribing project

Primary & Community Care Services (PCCS) is inviting Sydney GPs who care for a number of injured workers to participate in a pilot program which will evaluate and research the value of Social Prescribing.

Social Prescribing provides GPs the facility to prescribe additional (non-medical) services not normally available in the current health system, to improve patient health and wellbeing.

Funded by icare (Insurance & Care NSW), the program will link up to 300 eligible injured workers with non-medical sources of support within the community, with the aim of addressing the social and health gaps injured workers may experience during their recovery.

Over six months from mid-2017, injured worker participants will have access to social groups as well as a number of support networks and financial support services.

The program will test the social prescribing approach, measuring its impact on the general health and wellbeing of injured workers, including their readiness to return to work.

Findings will then be assessed for potential implementation across relevant NSW workers compensation schemes.
Those eligible for the pilot program will include injured workers who:

  • have been unable to return to work, or
  • have returned to work on reduced hours and
  • would benefit from increased coordination to support their complex social, welfare or wellbeing needs, plus increased social participation.

More information: PCCS would like to connect with GPs who support a number of injured workers and would like to participate in the program. If you’re interested in the program or further information, visit us at www.pccs.org.au, call PCCS on 9477 8700 or email plussocial@pccs.org.au.

Click here for the project fact sheet.