Action Plan 2: Anticipatory Care Action Learning Project

Action Plan 2: Anticipatory Care Action Learning Project

In Tasmania, the number of people with chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke and asthma has continued to increase. The Tasmanian Anticipatory Care Project  is identifying and supporting new models of Anticipatory Care as a approach to the management and prevention of chronic conditions.

Anticipatory care is a population approach to health care. It identifies and  supports  people who are at risk of  developing chronic conditions, with the aim of preventing or slowing down ill-health.

The Department of Health (DoH) has received funding from the Australian Government to conduct research to better understand and learn from communities about different ways anticipatory care happens and what works well and why. Taking an action research approach, this project is aiming  to:

  • increase our knowledge and understanding of how anticipatory care occurs in different communities.
  • better understand the enablers and barriers to anticipatory care experienced by communities.
  • increase our knowledge and understanding about how communities and health services can work together to engage 'at risk' Tasmanians in primary health care, including assessment and management of their health needs.

Four Tasmanian communities are participating in the project. They are:

  • Ulverstone – led by the Patrick Street Clinic
  • Flinders Island – led by Flinders Island Aboriginal Association (FIAAI) in partnership with the Flinders Health Co-ordinatior Group
  • Northern Suburbs of Launceston – led by Starting Point Neighbourhood House and the Northern Suburbs Community Centre
  • Clarence – led by Clarence City Council

DoH has engaged the University of Tasmania, the Sax Institute and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to lead and support the action research.

For more information and updates please go to: Healthy Tasmania

Key contacts:

Flora Dean, Principal Project Officer, Anticipatory Care,
Ph: (03) 6777 4276
Email: flora.dean@health.tas.gov.au