Health & Wellbeing
At the Lorne Community Hospital we work hard to provide our rural community with a number of health and wellbeing services to suit all ages.
Health promotion is the process of helping people to increase control over, and to improve their health. Health is therefore seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Florence Nightingale stated, “I look forward to the day when there will be no nurses of the sick, only nurses of the well”.
How is this achieved?
- By empowering individuals and communities to make improvements in the way they live, to change risky behaviors, and to adopt healthy behaviors.
- Helping people to identify what it is they need, to change or cope with their surroundings.
Why do we need health promotion in Lorne and surounding communities?
- The environment is a major influence on a person’s overall health. By environment, we don’t just mean the physical environment, but also the emotional, social, employment and spiritual surroundings experienced by members of our community.
- The Board and Management of the hospital feel an increased responsibility to work directly to promote the health of individuals and populations, rather than simply provide care at the acute or end stages of illness or disease.
- At LCH we have examined the needs of various population groups. Through the Active Service Model, there are now many programs in place for older people in our communities. Thus the Health Promotion Coordinator will be working directly with other population groups ( such as families with young children, adolescents and LCH staff) over the next 3 years, to also improve their access to services and programs that support health and wellbeing.