Social Prescribing


Prescribing community connections

We know that people’s health and wellbeing can be affected by life circumstances – especially things such as employment, family or relationships, isolation, housing, finances, bereavement, feeling busy or useful, and others.

Often people find they feel better after spending some time around other people or having a chat or spending some time outdoors or getting the body moving a bit.

Social prescribing” or "community referral" is the idea that health professionals refer patients to activities or groups or support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

For example, a doctor or nurse might suggest to you to:

  • Join a walking group
  • Pop down to your local Neighbourhood House to check out what activities are on
  • Visit the library to see what groups or meetings are on
  • Drop by the local men’s shed
  • Do some volunteering
  • Spend some time at a community garden or join a community lunch
  • Join a choir or improve your computer skills
  • Get yourself to the footy
  • Get some support if you have financial worries

Or any number of other activities which might improve your social interaction or connection to your local community.

People in Latrobe Valley are talking about “social prescribing” because it meets some of our local needs. The Latrobe Health Advocate has been hearing from the community about the need for: social inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, access to services, and the importance of exercise, healthy eating, and healthy lifestyles. Social Prescribing is one way we might be able to meet some of these needs.

What is the Latrobe Health Assembly doing?

The Latrobe Health Assembly is exploring whether a model of “social prescribing” could work in the Valley to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are speaking to community members, general practice and health services, and community organisations to hear your thoughts.

It’s time to Speak Up Latrobe

We want to hear from our community members and encourage you to take 5-10 minutes to answer some questions on improving social interaction and community connection.


Prescribing community connections

We know that people’s health and wellbeing can be affected by life circumstances – especially things such as employment, family or relationships, isolation, housing, finances, bereavement, feeling busy or useful, and others.

Often people find they feel better after spending some time around other people or having a chat or spending some time outdoors or getting the body moving a bit.

Social prescribing” or "community referral" is the idea that health professionals refer patients to activities or groups or support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

For example, a doctor or nurse might suggest to you to:

  • Join a walking group
  • Pop down to your local Neighbourhood House to check out what activities are on
  • Visit the library to see what groups or meetings are on
  • Drop by the local men’s shed
  • Do some volunteering
  • Spend some time at a community garden or join a community lunch
  • Join a choir or improve your computer skills
  • Get yourself to the footy
  • Get some support if you have financial worries

Or any number of other activities which might improve your social interaction or connection to your local community.

People in Latrobe Valley are talking about “social prescribing” because it meets some of our local needs. The Latrobe Health Advocate has been hearing from the community about the need for: social inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, access to services, and the importance of exercise, healthy eating, and healthy lifestyles. Social Prescribing is one way we might be able to meet some of these needs.

What is the Latrobe Health Assembly doing?

The Latrobe Health Assembly is exploring whether a model of “social prescribing” could work in the Valley to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are speaking to community members, general practice and health services, and community organisations to hear your thoughts.

It’s time to Speak Up Latrobe

We want to hear from our community members and encourage you to take 5-10 minutes to answer some questions on improving social interaction and community connection.

Please share any stories or experiences which you think are relevant to exploring “social prescribing” for Latrobe Valley. For example:

  • if you have experienced improved community connection or social interaction and the changes this made to your life
  • examples of people practicing “social prescribing” in the Valley now
  • tell us about any people, skills, community spaces, groups/ organisations which we may not know about in the local area or which you think should be more widely promoted
  • your experience of loneliness or social isolation
  • any other comments which you think are relevant

Thank you for submitting your comments.

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