People are empowered to improve their health and wellbeing
Wellness can help people take greater control of their health. It improves quality of life, independence and participation. These factors influence and impact their wellbeing and ability to make healthy choices. A wellness-focused approach identifies needs, aspirations, and goals. It acknowledges and builds on strengths and focuses on:
- person-centred care
- engaging people as partners in their own care
- supporting shared decision-making, ensuring roles and responsibilities are clear.
What is meant by 'person-centred care'?
Person-centred care means being respectful and responsive to people’s preferences, needs and values. Care and treatment are considered in the context of people’s lives and what matters to them.
What is meant by 'engaging people as partners in their own care’?
Recognising that people are the experts in their own life and working with them as a partnership through their care journey.
What is meant by 'shared decision-making'?
Shared decision-making involves discussion and cooperation between a person and their healthcare provider. It is about bringing together people’s values, goals and preferences with the best available evidence regarding benefits, risks, and uncertainties of treatment.
Improving our health and community services
To partner with people in their health we need to ensure our health system is accessible, responsive and safe.
Providing culturally respectful healthcare is a vital step towards improving health for Aboriginal people. Find out more on our website.
Anticipatory care is a population approach to health care. It identifies and supports people who are at risk of developing ongoing health conditions with the aim of preventing or slowing down ill-health. It is about partnering with communities to ensure that we help people who often miss out on health care. Learn more about anticipatory care on our website.
Self-management tools and programs help people gain practical skills for living with ongoing health conditions. Learn more about self-management on our website.