The City of Greater Bendigo and Murray PHN is pleased to announce the implementation of a Social Prescribing program for the region.
What is social prescribing?
Social Prescribing is an approach to reducing loneliness by linking participants to social community activities.
The Greater Bendigo Social Prescribing Program is a service for health professionals to refer patients who require low level support to connect with social activities in community. The program aims to link medical and social care, by encouraging and empowering health care professions to refer people identified as being socially isolated, lonely, or disconnected from community to a range of local, non-clinical services.
By taking part in the program, participants will be linked to non-medical activities based on interests which aims to increase patient health and wellbeing through social connection.
The City of Greater Bendigo is partnering with the Murray PHN to deliver a Social Prescribing program for the Bendigo region. The program involves health care providers referring eligible participants to a link worker who assists in the engagement in community activities.
Participants who require low level intervention support in identifying and accessing social activities in the community and who will benefit from increased social interaction. Preference will be given to participants who are living with chronic or complex healthcare conditions and not receiving additional funding.