Posted September 15, 2018 05:17:10 A community health network (CHN) is a healthcare provider that provides care for residents and communities to address the needs of individuals and communities.
The term CHN is commonly used to refer to the medical and social service system, which includes health, social and mental health services.
In most areas of Australia, the CHN provides medical care and social assistance, including community and family services.
Some community health networks also provide social support services, such as counselling and mental healthcare, for people living in the community.
A number of health and social network providers are registered in the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
These health network providers provide care to patients, families and the general public.
In some communities, community health providers may offer other services, including counselling, support to the disabled and community outreach.
ACHE’s role in health network communities and community support and prevention The ACHEs role in community health and community health systems is often referred to as community support.
Community support services include: supporting the community, helping people with a range of health issues and conditions, and supporting individuals to get the health and support they need to live well and safely, as well as support in accessing appropriate health care, such a GP, hospital or other health professional.
CHNs are recognised by the AHPRA as a health network provider, and therefore can be subject to a range or requirements to provide support services.
CHN’s role as community health provider and community liaison can be viewed in terms of two key roles: the primary role of the CHNI and the secondary role of community health.
Primary role of CHN Community Health Network (CHNI) The primary role for CHNs is to provide care and support to community members, to address their health needs and provide a supportive community environment for all people in the area.
This can include providing support for the elderly, the disabled, the physically or mentally disabled, young people, those with mental health or addiction issues, people with disabilities, and those with HIV or other STIs.
The primary and secondary roles of CHNs can be combined to achieve greater community health outcomes.
For example, community CHNs may provide support for individuals who are not able to access appropriate health services because they are disabled, or for those living with HIV.
Community health networks can also provide support to individuals in need, including mental health support, substance misuse support, and the provision of information and education about STIs and HIV.
CHNI’s role can be particularly important when community health services are not available, such where the provider cannot provide a particular service or service delivery, or where community needs may not be met by the health care provider.
Community Health Networks provide health care and community services for: adults and young people