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Emergency Relief Scoping Project Survey 

The ER Scoping Project is moving into the next phase with the launch of the survey. Project Officer Leela James has to date consulted with over 60 ER providers across metropolitan and regional Western Australia. The data captured during these consultations has illustrated the diversity and innovation that exists within the sector. The consultations will be winding down in the next few weeks.

This will bring to a close the three-month consultation phase.  To complement the face to face consultations WACOSS has developed a survey that reflects the consultation questions. The ER Scoping Project Survey will be distributed to all known ER services across WA. WACOSS is requesting that all services which provide ER and that have not undertaken face to face consultations, complete the survey, so the contribution of all ER services may be included in the final report.

WACOSS is aware there are many more ER service providers across the state whose dedication to ER goes unrecognised. Please assist us to include their contribution to the ER sector by forwarding the survey to your ER networks.

You can complete the survey online or if you prefer, you can download a copy here.

Emergency Relief Scoping Project

The Emergency Relief Scoping Project is now underway. Our Project Officer Leela James is currently halfway through extensive metropolitan and regional consultations with Emergency Relief service providers. These consultations are providing the ER Scoping Project with key information and we are inviting you to also contribute to this valuable project.

The ER Scoping Project has been initiated with the support from both the ER Forum and the State Emergency Relief Committee (SERC). At present, the Project Officer Leela James is in consultations with Emergency Relief service providers across the metropolitan and regional areas.  The information from these consultations will help create a snapshot of the range and diversity of services that operate within the Emergency Relief sector.  A major highlight so far has been the opportunity to listen to and capture the ways in which Emergency Relief service providers use innovation to meet service demand.  

Please contact Leela on 08 9420 7222 or leela@wacoss.org.au if you are an Emergency Relief provider and would like to contribute to the ER Scoping Project and we will make arrangements to consult with you

Discount medicine for Aboriginal people

http://www.health.gov.au/tackling-chronic-disease

Chairwoman of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, Bev Manton, has urged all Aboriginal patients to take full advantage for the Government's Indigenous Chronic Disease Package.

This package allows Aboriginal patients to obtain heavily discounted or free medicine if the letters 'CTG' are written by their GP only - on their prescriptions.

This agreement is valid for all prescriptions for ANY illness, treatment, ailment or disease.

Ms Manton said managing disease and illness is often very expensive and simply not an option for many Aboriginal people.

"This government package is designed to reduce the risk factors for chronic disease in Aboriginal communities, improve disease management and improve follow-up treatment.

"GPs can now hand-write the letters 'CTG' (Close the Gap)on prescriptions, this will then signify that it is to be dispensed under the arrangement," she said.

Aboriginal people suffer under the weight of chronic disease at a rate two and half times that of other Australians.

Some of these diseases are killers. They include amongst others:

*       Cardiovascular disease

*       Diabetes

*       Cancer

*       Respiratory disease

*       Chronic kidney disease

It's important to note that all pharmacists are compelled legally to comply with the CTG arrangements, and cannot adjudicate on individual patients," Chairwoman Manton said.