Portland brings in iPads to help patients with self-care

A new program at Portland District Health (PDH) will help people to answer the question `You say I have what?’

With funding from United Way Glenelg, PDH has introduced three new iPads to improve health literacy for patients who want to know more about their condition.

United Way Glenelg chief executive Nicole Angelino said the iPads could give clients access to information that could help them become active participants in their own self-care and well being.

The iPads are proving to be particularly useful for children who can access information from websites and Apps on the iPads.

As part of the “You say I have what?” project, the iPads are being used in the PDH Consulting Suites and by the health promotion team.

PDH Primary and Aged Care director Fiona Heenan said the iPads were particularly helpful in giving people easy-to-understand details about their chronic diseases.

“Our speech therapists and occupational therapists are using them in the consulting suites or take them to schools and home visits,” Ms Heenan said.

“Children in particular enjoy using iPads and they can use them to access information from peak bodies such as Diabetes Australia, Speech Pathology Australia or the likes of the Better Health Channel,” she said.

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