Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local
Medicare locals are planning and funding extra health services in local communities
Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local services include:
- GP after-hours
- Mental health
- 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
- 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.
Making a difference locallyThe 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.