11th December 2017 – A recently published collaborative research venture between Marathon Health and the Western Sydney University’s Bathurst Rural Clinical School, found that the local after-hours services are essential for the community and significantly reduce presentations to the Bathurst Hospital Emergency Department (ED).
From December 2014 and June 2015, Marathon Health and the Bathurst Rural Clinical School conducted community and GP specific surveys in relation to presentations made to the Bathurst After Hours GP Clinic (BAHGPC). The purpose of the community surveys was to determine the reason and appropriateness of each patients visit to the clinic and their satisfaction with the services provided. Another survey sought the GPs’ perception of appropriateness for patients presenting to the clinics.
5th December 2017 – Tuesday saw the official opening of the Wellbeing Division of the Condobolin Wiradjuri Study Centre (Waluwin Nurambang). The Division is known as the Condobolin Wiradjuri Wellness Centre and is a collaborative partnership between Marathon Health and the Condobolin Wiradjuri Study Centre.
The aim of the Condobolin Wellbeing Centre is to improve wellness - leading to a safer community, increased school attendance, access to education and employment and to bridge service delivery gaps in the community. Rowena McCauley, Marathon Health Program Manager says the Centre will adopt a ‘no wrong door’ policy with the intent of encouraging help seeking behaviour within the community.
1st December 2017 – This Monday, headspace Dubbo, Marathon Health and Northcott are partnering up for International Day of Persons with a Disability (IDPwD) in promotion of this year’s theme; ‘transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’ with the overarching principle of this theme to ‘leave no one behind’.
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated across the globe. The aim is to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability whilst also celebrating all the achievements and contributions of people within this community.
24th November 2017 – Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the Dubbo After Hours GP Clinic, a significant commitment to healthcare for Dubbo and surrounding communities.
Marathon Health and the Western NSW Primary Health Network are keen to celebrate the incredible impact the service has had on reducing the burden on the Dubbo Base Hospital Emergency Department.
23rd November 2017 – Applications are open for headspace Bathurst’s 2018 Youth Reference Group. Young people aged 12 to 25 years and interested in local youth issues are encouraged to apply.
Karen Golland, Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator at headspace Bathurst, is encouraging young people with a passion for mental health to apply for the Youth Reference Group and use this opportunity to shape the headspace message and services in Bathurst.
22nd November 2017 – Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with the majority of skin cancers caused by exposure to Ultra-Violet radiation in the sunlight. As the summer sun begins to warm up, Marathon Health in partnership with the Cancer Institute of NSW are travelling across Western NSW to deliver the #ThinkSunSafe program.
Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 and more than 750,000 Australians are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in each year. Marathon Health’s new campaign #ThinkSunSafe aims to increase awareness of sun smart behaviour amongst high school students thereby minimising the risk of skin cancer.
As the Kelso Clinic marks its 6th anniversary, it’s the perfect time to reflect upon the impact the Clinic has had on its clients. Colin Ellis, a regular client of the Kelso Clinic, has shared his experiences of the services and the staff and the impact the Clinic has had on his life.
Colin was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes around 1986. As a result of this condition, Colin lost four toes and one third of his right foot as well as another toe on his left foot. In 2007 Colin, a former teacher, had to resign from his position due to severe anxiety and clinical depression. As a result of these combined life changing elements, Colin was refered to the Kelso Clinic, a decision which Colin believes may have saved his life.
22nd November 2017 – This Thursday marks the 6th anniversary of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Kelso Clinic (Kelso ICD Clinic) and to celebrate, Marathon Health is inviting all clients to the Kelso Community Hub for a day of informative activities and a free BBQ.
The Kelso ICD Clinic serves as a one stop shop for Aboriginal people with complex health needs. The service is free or bulk-billed and provides access to a Diabetes Educator, Dietitian, Endocrinologist, Exercise Physiologist, Podiatrist, Psychologist and Respiratory Physician.