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Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local

Printable version of Illawarra - Shoalhaven factsheet (PDF 1796 KB)

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Medicare locals are planning and funding extra health services in local communities

Health Services

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local services include:

  • GP after-hours
  • eHealth
  • Mental health
  • Immunisation
  • Access to allied health
  • Exercise physiology
  • Antenatal shared care

37 Frontline Health Workers*

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local health workers include:

  • Clinical psychologists
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Mental health nurses

* Frontline health workers are those that directly provide or support health services. This number may not include the many frontline health workers that are employed by local community organisations funded by Medicare Locals. Some Medicare Locals are newer than others, because Medicare Locals were rolled out in stages. Currently, the more established Medicare Locals tend to offer more health services and employ more health workers. As the newer Medicare Locals become more established they will take on more health workers and deliver more health services.

Comprehensive support for women throughout pregnancy and beyond

Making a difference locally

The Antenatal Shared Care program run by the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local provides women with options for care throughout their pregnancy.


Midwives provide shared care for women with uncomplicated pregnancies working with the patient’s local GP and obstetrician.

Benefits of this model of care include an opportunity to meet midwives who may care for the client during labour, birth and in the early days of the child’s life.

This often leads to lower intervention rates, increased levels of breastfeeding and general satisfaction with care.

The Medicare Local’s Perinatal Mental Health Service supports new parents and families of those experiencing perinatal depression or associated problems such as anxiety during pregnancy or in the first two years of the child's life.

This service is offered at no cost upon referral by an appropriate health provider.

The Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service is staffed by Aboriginal Health Education Officers and a registered midwife.




 Image of woman getting blood pressure checked

Contact

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local

Chief Executive Officer

Dianne Kitcher

Contact telephone

(02) 4220 7600

Email

isml@isml.org.au

Website

www.isml.org.au

Printable version of Illawarra - Shoalhaven factsheet (PDF 1796 KB)

image showing a map of Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local

Medicare locals are planning and funding extra health services in local communities

Health Services

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local services include:

  • GP after-hours
  • eHealth
  • Mental health
  • Immunisation
  • Access to allied health
  • Exercise physiology
  • Antenatal shared care

37 Frontline Health Workers*

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local health workers include:

  • Clinical psychologists
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Mental health nurses

* Frontline health workers are those that directly provide or support health services. This number may not include the many frontline health workers that are employed by local community organisations funded by Medicare Locals. Some Medicare Locals are newer than others, because Medicare Locals were rolled out in stages. Currently, the more established Medicare Locals tend to offer more health services and employ more health workers. As the newer Medicare Locals become more established they will take on more health workers and deliver more health services.

Comprehensive support for women throughout pregnancy and beyond

Making a difference locally

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local supports the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to deliver an Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) program which provides women with options for care throughout their pregnancy. In Wollongong hospital for example, Midwives provide shared care for women with uncomplicated pregnancies working with the patient’s local GP and obstetrician. Other activities include assistance with providing GP CPD opportunities and producing a GP ANSC and services information booklets.

Benefits of this model of care include an opportunity to meet midwives who may care for the client during labour, birth and in the early days of the child’s life.

This often leads to lower intervention rates, increased levels of breastfeeding and general satisfaction with care.

The Medicare Local’s Perinatal Mental Health Service supports new parents and families of those experiencing perinatal depression or associated problems such as anxiety during pregnancy or in the first two years of the child's life.

This service is offered at no cost upon referral by an appropriate health provider.

The Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service is staffed by Aboriginal Health Education Officers and a registered midwife.




 Image of woman getting blood pressure checked

Contact

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local

Chief Executive Officer

Dianne Kitcher

Contact telephone

(02) 4220 7600

Email

isml@isml.org.au

Website

www.isml.org.au

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Page last updated: 27 March, 2014