Authors: Heidi Maurer and Katie Belobrajdic, SA
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: health promotion
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In early 2004 Enfield Community Health Service developed a proposal for an allied health service for residents living in Supported Residential Facilities (SRFs). This came about following the report ‘Somewhere to call home, Supported Residential Facilities; the sector, its clientele and its future’ (Mark Doyle, et al, 2003). This report determined that residents in SRFs were highly vulnerable and not receiving the level of daily living support, health care, specialist treatment and disability support they require. The majority of residents in SRFs were not being cared for in a manner that meets contemporary standards of disability, mental illness and aged care services. The Enfield Community Health’s SRF Program was funded to provide professional Allied Health services to SRF residents, as identified by the Department of Families & Communities (DFC) SRF Assessment Team to be experiencing unmet, high and complex needs. As part of our service’s commitment to primary health care and the Ottawa charter we also provide health promotion opportunities for all residents living in SRFs.