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The I'm OK project was developed and delivered by a partnership of the Preventable Chronic Disease Program, the Remote Health Branch and NT Renal Services working with colleagues in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector. The goal of this project is to enhance communications between medical staff and patients, and enable close-to-home access specialist health care in regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the Northern Territory. This initiative contributes to the creation of strong links between the many different health services for a coordinated approach, and helps reduce the mental wellbeing and financial cost often experienced by patients needing to travel from remote areas for treatment.
This project allocates patients experiencing advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) with a care coordinator. This coordinator acts as the key contact for that person and makes sure the person has access to all the services they need, as well as liaising with different health professionals that the person is seeing.
Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Families