Sunrise Health Service provides a wide range of services consistent with a holistic primary health care model. Services that are provided include:
- Primary clinical care services;
- Emergency care;
- Health promotion;
- Social support services;
- Health checks for well adults and children;
- Chronic disease care;
- Nutrition programs;
- Aged Care programs;
- Women’s and Maternal Health programs;
- Child Health services including aural health programs;
- Men’s Health programs; and
- Physical Activity programs.
General Practitioners visit all communities, either one, two, three or four days a week depending on the size and health care needs of the community.
SHS has moved from paper based system to an almost completely electronic patient records system using Communicare.
Communities also receive services from visiting specialists including mental, dental and environmental health officers provided by the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services.
The Centre for Disease Control also operates in communities as required when outbreaks of contagious diseases are reported by clinic staff.
Healthy for Life Program
Healthy for Life is an Australian Government program, announced in the 2005-06 Budget that is aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, babies and children. The program will also help to improve the quality of life for people with chronic conditions and, over time, reduce the incidence of adult chronic disease.
Sunrise Health Service was chosen as one of 80 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care service providers to implement the program. Healthy for Life’s program design is based on delivering population health approaches in a primary health care context using quality improvement principles, processes and tools.
The objectives of Healthy for Life are to improve the:
- Availability of child and maternal health care;
- Prevention, early detection and management of chronic disease;
- Long term health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; and
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.
The Healthy for Life program has been successfully implemented into all Sunrise Health Service communities, and is working effectively to make changes to the health of Indigenous people in the communities east of Katherine.