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Who is Social Prescribing for?
Social Prescribing can benefit everyone!
Many circumstances can contribute to greater need for this type of intervention, including:
Living with social isolation, depression or anxiety
Living with multiple health conditions (comorbidity) or disability
Aging and other life stage transitions
Pre-existing mental health conditions
Significant life events and trauma
Lengthy recovery from injury
Living with cultural or language barriers
Social Prescribing addresses
Social Determinants of Health
What are the benefits?
Empowering people living
with chronic conditions to
manage their lives
Aligns with patients'
interests and goals
Holistic needs assessment
Increases skills and
Decreased feelings of loneliness
Improved mental health
Sense of community belonging
Increased social and
Rediscovering new or past
interests, skills and talents
capabilities and relationships
Determinants of Health
education and literacy
Supports existing community
services and resources
Reduces burden on
hospital and GP services
How does it work in action?
fits in the
Following an accident Corey underwent shoulder reconstruction, hip replacement and several hernia operations.
Corey lost his job as an arborist – he felt frustrated, disappointed and lost.
Corey was becoming very isolated and depressed as he could no longer participate in fun activities, including speed climbing, that he used to enjoy doing with his family and a regular climbing group.
Case Study: Corey
With the help of his Link Worker, Corey was supported to explore his interests and connect to local community groups.
Corey joined art, social and relaxation groups, which helped him to connect with new people to increase his social network, as well as to support the development of new family activities.
Corey’s Link Worker also guided him in developing a positive structure to his week, so much so that he now looks forward to what each new week brings.
He found that having a Link Worker and meeting new friends meant that he had people on his side who listened and cared.
“I do things now that I like to do. Rather than only the things I have to do, such as medical appointments”
More Case Studies
Research & Evidence
ASPIRE - Our Work
The work and mission of the Australian Social Prescribing Institute of Research and Education (ASPIRE) includes:
Furthering the research, evidence and education on the benefits and best practice of Social Prescribing
Encouraging investment and adoption of Social Prescribing nationally in public as well as privately funded models of care
Increasing the awareness of Social Prescribing in both the community and among health professionals
Reducing the stigma around mental health and accessing supports
Partnering with organisations internationally to advance Social Prescribing research, evidence and education
A future where individual empowerment, community resilience, and abundant opportunities drive a robust health landscape that values and uplifts every Australian, recognises the profound significance of connections, and actively generates enduring value for both people and communities, enriching quality of life.