Ask Izzy| free service for people looking for support, Ask Izzy can help find nearby services including housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment etc.
A Social Prescribing Link Worker’s Perspective | The NHS England Social prescribing pages include several case studies, several articles and initiatives.
Carers Australia| Social Prescribing Fact Sheet
Community Connectors: information on organisations and Community Connectors. See also case comparison of rural Ireland and Australia
Connected AU – Connected AU is a organisation working to combat isolation and loneliness in at-risk populations. There are two programs to ensure that vulnerable people can access connection, community and companionship in a safe and monitored way, ensuring everybody in our community stays visible and valued.
Friends for Good | a volunteer driven not-for-profit organisation that includes a Friendline. FriendLine is for anyone who needs to reconnect or just wants a chat.
Gather My Crew| helps to activate a ‘support crew’ to help during tough times. Gather My Crew provides free purpose built technology to help coordinate and roster practice support for Australians doing it tough.
Men’s Sheds | deliver a wide range of services, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of members and reduce the number of men who are at risk from preventable health issues that may emanate from isolation.
Neighbourhood Houses| provide a range of services and opportunities for social connection. Neighbourhood Houses across Central Victoria are working on innovative ‘Wellbeing Scripts’ using human centred design, connecting clinicians, community and a breadth of social/health/wellbeing activities.
Reclink Australia | provides sport and art programs to disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.
Parks Victoria | Nature is good medicine. Promotes social connections and offers guided park walks
Parks Victoria Health Professional Fact Sheet [social connection] | Parks for Health and Wellbeing – Social connection
Parks Victoria Health Professional Fact Sheet [mental health]| Parks for Health and Wellbeing – Mental Health
Telecross Red Cross | can provide a daily telephone call to people who live alone and are at risk of an accident or illness that may go unnoticed.
U3A Online | offers many useful resources for older people, especially those who are geographically, physically or socially isolated. The courses are informal and offered as Independent Study.
Reports and Literature
Social Prescribing Around the World |2023 Report includes a world map of global developments in social prescribing including Australia
A Toolkit on How to Implement Social Prescribing | World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region. Outlines the steps required to introduce a social prescribing scheme and includes sample materials, which can be adapted to the local context.
A Rapid Literature Review to Inform Primary Care Policy in Australia: 2020 Report by Zurynski Y, Vedovi A, Smith K-L.
Animal Assisted Interventions for Young People Experiencing Homelessness– program implementation and outcomes by Dr Jess Heerde, Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne.
How to Build Public Support to Transform Social Care | A practical guide for communicating about social care. In Control Partnerships UK April 2021
Infrastructure for Social Connection: Researching the existing assets for creating social connectedness and identifying interventions | Swinburn University Social Innovation Research Institute for Inner South Easy Metropolitan Partnership.
Living Our Best Life: Final Report on Trialling Social Prescribing in the City of Knox.
More than Medicine: Exploring Social Prescribing in Australia. Report from Friends for Good explores the perspectives and attitudes of people from across Australia about social prescribing and how they think it would impact their lives.
Social Prescribing Literature Search: Publications and Abstracts 2019 – November 2022
Social Prescribing A review of the Literature: in Menzies RG, Menzies RE, Dingle GA. (eds) Existential Concerns and Cognitive-Behavioral Procedures.
Social Participation Among Older Adults Receiving Community Care Services |Macquarie University study highlights opportunities to improve the social connections of older adults in home care.
Social Prescribing Roundtable Report- CHF & RACGP Nov 2019– from social prescribing roundtable discussion by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Consumers Health Forum (CHF), in partnership with the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability.
Social Prescription- Understanding the Model for Local Development | Central Highlands Association of Neighbourhood Houses June 2020
WHO evidence for Arts Factsheet | What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being in the WHO European Region?
Workshop: Social Prescribing: What Has Been Learned In Developing Evidence, What Challenges and Solutions: published in the Eur J Public Health, suppl includes: What data is currently collected on social prescribing outcomes? Case studies of two sites in England; Social Prescribing Evidence and Progress; the View from England; The Evidence of Social Prescribing – Challenges Found in Conducting a Systematic Review.
Download these links Resources and Links for Social Prescribing Information, Initiatives and Services
Webinars & Podcasts
Personalising Care at Population Level: The Opportunity for Social Prescribing. The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Melbourne Population and Global Health Students Society. Webinar held 2 Feb 2021. Link here
Perspectives on social prescribing. Health System Sustainability. MHMRC Partnership Centre. NSW. Webinar held 6 Oct 2021. Link here
Podcast on Prescription: National Academy of Social Prescribing. Link here