Social Isolation and Prescribing
Awareness of loneliness and social isolation as significant public health and wellbeing issues has increased in recent years, along with the development of targeted government and community support programs for affected Australians.
A collaboration with the Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA), Bolton Clarke Research Institute, Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), Melbourne School of Population & Global Health (MSPGH), Monash Partners, and the Western Alliance has developed an extensive network of stakeholders researching or developing programs of support for social isolation.
The collaboration commenced with a series of online forums focusing on social isolation and social prescribing in 2020, which were so popular they have continued through 2021. The webinars include a mix of research, learnings from trials and services that have been implemented, provide an opportunity to collate what is being done across Australia, and are open to all healthcare and social care sectors, researchers and policy makers. They provide a great opportunity to hear and liaise with others working or interested in this area.