The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is partnering with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to start a discussion about the merits of social prescribing and how it could be supported in Australia.

With more people experiencing chronic conditions that require coordinated multidisciplinary care across a range of providers, it is clear our model of care needs to adapt. We know that social determinants such as access to safe and affordable housing, education, employment and community connectedness have a significant influence on health and therefore linking with programs and services outside of the health system has the potential to improve health outcomes. Estimates also suggest that around 20% of patients consult their GP for advice or support with what are primarily social problems.

Social prescribing is one way of addressing this by providing a mechanism to enable GPs, nurses and other health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. This survey looks at consumer views about how these sorts of connections could be facilitated.

Please note:  None of the questions in this survey are mandatory. If there is information you would prefer not to provide you can skip any question and move to the next one.

If you would rather provide a response in an email or Word Document, or have any concerns about this survey, please send them to our Senior Policy Officer, Lisa Gelbart (l.gelbart@chf.org.au), but please be aware that this would identify you. All responses will be de-identified in any subsequent reports or publications.

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* 1. Do you consent to your de-identified responses being quoted in CHF and RACGP presentations and reports on social prescribing and related topics?

Please continue with the survey either way as your responses will be still be used to inform our work on this issue.

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* 2. What gender do you identify as?

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* 3. Which age bracket are you in?

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* 4. Where do you live?

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* 5. How often have you visited your GP or other primary health care provider in the past 12 months?

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