Title Self-care a path to better health outcomes Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet News GP Media type Web Country/Territory Australia Date 9/10/20 Description The Self-care for health: a national policy blueprint, launched earlier this week by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and endorsed by more than 50 health experts from around the country, calls for new and inclusive policy reforms to support self-care and improve health.
It includes nine policy proposals designed to address healthcare disparities experienced in rural, socioeconomically disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
Professor Mark Morgan, Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care (REC–QC), contributed to the report and told newsGP while self-care refers to what people can do to look after themselves, it also relates to how they can best engage with the healthcare system and take an active part in shared decision making.
‘It’s not just care done independently of health systems … [but] how a person looks after themselves together with healthcare professionals,’ he said.
‘As GPs, we do this all the time. We know that if we can get somebody setting goals with us and proactively looking after their own long-term medical conditions, if we get people engaged in planning through GP management plans and in team care arrangements where they’re an active participant, then things go well.
‘People spend only a tiny fraction of their week in front of us and the vast majority of the time they are self-caring, and so we should be using every opportunity to build people’s capacity and to present information in a way that they can understand clearly, and is tailored to them and their needs.
‘Every healthcare encounter with every healthcare worker should have the maximisation of self-care as one of its aims.’
Producer/Author Matt Woodley URL https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/self-care-a-path-to-better-health-outcomes?utm_source=racgpnewsgpnewsletter&utm_campaign=newsgpedm&utm_medium=email Persons Mark Morgan
|Self-care for Health: A National Policy Blueprint
|Parliament House (virtual), Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
|7 Oct 2020 → 7 Oct 2020