IMPACT Community Health Services has farewelled popular nurse Emma Krampera.

Ms Krampera, who is heading off to have a baby, will be replaced by Rosemary Ford.

Emma was the service’s first Community Access Nurse, which is a vital role for the Discovery Coast community.

While there has been a Community Nurse in Agnes Water for many years, IMPACT expanded the service at the start of the financial year to include a Community Access Nurse after identifying a gap in the health journey for many people.

IMPACT Community Health Services Practice Manager Pam Mackie said the role was crucial in ensuring people received appropriate access to health care.

“Our aim is to support a person on their health journey, whether that be discharge from hospital, accessing My Aged Care or engaging support to rehabilitate at home,” Ms Mackie said.

“This is where the Community Access Nurse comes in.”

She said the level of support provided was reliant on a close working relationship between hospital staff, other health providers and the community nurse.

This new approach aims to formalise processes to ensure clients receive appropriate referral and support.

Other patient benefits from having a Community Access Nurse include:

• Supporting health literacy and individual ownership of health care.
• The coordination of health appointments to reduce the burden of travel on both the client and the health service.
• Exploring telehealth options for follow-up care.
• Navigating key services such as My Aged Care, which is the starting point to access aged care services, and the NDIS, which helps people living with a disability.

“We want to support our communities to be able to better access health services,” Ms Mackie said.

She acknowledged the outstanding work that Emma had done in the development of the role and was confident Rosemary would continue the good work.

IMPACT Community Health Service’s primary clinic is situated at 2 Rafting Ground Road, Agnes Water, where a range of clinical and allied health appointments and programs are held. The service also has a variety of outreach clinics at:
• Miriam Vale – OzCare Building, Roe Street
• Turkey Beach – Community Centre
• Baffle Creek – Sport and Rec Ground
• Lowmead Hall
• Rosedale Hall

For more information call 4902 2000.