Media release: Tackling loneliness with a social prescription

Loneliness and social disconnection are hidden health risk factors, and as more Australians than ever before report experiencing loneliness, as a symptom of a more disconnected society and compounded by pandemic restrictions, health advocacy groups and clinicians are calling for initiatives to reduce the loneliness epidemic such as social prescribing.

As Loneliness Awareness Week draws to a close, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Consumers Health Forum (CHF) and Mental Health Australia (MHA) are highlighting the risks that loneliness puts on health and chronic disease and calling on health policy leaders to fund a national social prescribing scheme as a timely solution that can be implemented through primary health care.

Media contacts

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Alys Francis Media & Engagement Specialist 0499 555 712
John Ronan Media Advisor 0428 122 357
Follow RACGP on Twitter: @RACGP and Facebook.

Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Jenna Gray Communications Manager E: M: 0429 111 986 T: 02 6273 5444

Mental Health Australia
Nikki Hogan Director, External Relations 0402 528 022

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