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Improving Admitted National Emergency Access Targets Performance

A four-bed Emergency Medicine Unit (EMU) is planned for the ED of Orange Health Service, to admit selected patients with conditions that can be dealt with in less than 24 hours but don’t require high-level nursing care or monitoring. This will avoid referrals, formal admission and registrar review, ensuring rapid transfer home after a short stay. Patients with certain conditions will be admitted to the EMU on specific pathways to ensure compliance, avoid bed block and enable nurse-led transfer of...
Orange Health Service
Added: 31 March 2015
Last updated: 17 April 2015

Emergency Nurses Extended Practice Project

This project focused on ensuring that patients presenting to the emergency department are able to receive appropriate treatment by an appropriate person, within triage benchmark timeframes, and provided escalation of care to a senior medical officer as required. It was implemented with a supporting clinical governance structure, clinical nurse protocols and standing orders, as well as an education and training program, which defines the extended scope of the emergency registered nurse....
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Added: 31 March 2015
Last updated: 17 April 2015

Coordinating Mental Health Transfer of Care

Essential to seamless transfer of care is the engagement of and communication with relevant clinicians from the inpatient and community settings, as well as the consumer or carer during discharge planning. This project has highlighted the real issues underlying care coordination, which have persisted and become more complex as local services have evolved. An objective analysis of these issues has occurred with focused strategies and an implementation plan that places the patient at the centre of care....
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 31 March 2015
Last updated: 17 April 2015

Sugar Gum - Diabetes and Gum Disease

Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease which has a direct impact on blood sugar levels, yet diabetic patients are not routinely referred for oral health checks. This project works with high risks groups such as the elderly, people with chronic disease and Aboriginal people. It encourages people with diabetes to make healthy choices by educating them on the importance of oral health and its impact on blood sugar levels. Following dental evaluation, treatment and education, home packages are given...
Menindee Health Service
Added: 23 March 2015
Last updated: 25 March 2015

Shared Care Community Midwifery - Maternity Model of Care

When birthing ceased in 2011, women who gave birth outside Narrandera and returned home to Narrandera had no access to follow-up services or to a Midwife in the first two weeks after birth. Shared Care Community Midwifery engaged the support of GP Visiting Medical Officer/Obstetricians in providing antenatal clinics and support for midwives to conduct clinical review and post natal home visits. The evaluation of this model of care supports that the model is effective, safe and sustainable....
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 13 March 2015
Last updated: 25 March 2015

Aboriginal Well-being: A Cancer Journey of Healing

'A Cancer Journey’ booklets were developed in partnership with local Aboriginal people, Mid North Coast Local Health District, the Medicare Local, Aboriginal Medical Services, North Coast Cancer Institute, Cancer Council NSW and BreastScreen NSW. The reader is navigated from reception through treatment of Radiation and Chemotherapy, using both text and photographs of the actual units. Aboriginal people within MNCLHD are true partners in the development, use and ongoing review of this educational resource....
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 13 March 2015
Last updated: 25 March 2015

Who Ya Gunna Call?

Each year a one day event is held during NAIDOC week to bring communities, government and non-government, as well as health service providers together in a non-threatening way to improve and promote access to health services, especially for Aboriginal people and communities in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area.
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 12 March 2015
Last updated: 25 March 2015

How Access Has Changed Emergency Mental Health Care in the Bush

Many rural and remote towns have limited access to mental health specialist services and local providers bear the responsibility for emergency mental health care. The Mental Health Emergency Care – Rural Access Program (MHEC-RAP) is a telepsychiatry program established in western NSW to provide accessible specialist emergency mental health care and is available 24 hours 7 days a week. MHEC-RAP is changing the local provision of emergency mental health care. Local providers are no longer ‘flying blind’ as this has...
Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health
Added: 11 March 2015
Last updated: 25 March 2015

Video Examples of Speech Pathology Activities - VESPA

VESPA was created as a medium for centre staff and parents to easily and conveniently access video demonstrations of Speech Pathology activities. Data collected over a six month period indicated steady viewing of the resources. This model is readily adapted to other services.
North Coast Medicare Local
Added: 11 March 2015
Last updated: 25 March 2015

Supporting Dementia and Delirium Care with Volunteers

In partnership with Alzheimer’s NSW, volunteers were recruited and trained for a structured person-centred dementia-delirium hospital volunteer program. The volunteer intervention provided one to one emotional support and practical assistance aimed at reducing delirium risk to patients with cognitive impairment. There was a trend towards reduced falls at the volunteer intervention facility. The program was highly accepted with 96% of staff and 100% of volunteers perceiving the program as having a beneficial effect on patient outcomes and should continue....
Southern NSW Local Health District
Added: 11 March 2015
Last updated: 25 March 2015
2015 Apr

Using communications approaches to spread improvement

13 April 2015
The Health Foundation

2015 Apr

Evaluation: what to consider

13 April 2015
The Health Foundation

2015 Jan

Doing things better without adding hours to the day

14 January 2015
Health News from HealthCanal.com

2014 Oct

WIHI: Better Care and Better Value for Hip and Knee Replacement

25 October 2014
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

2014 Oct

Optimizing Patient Flow: Moving Patients Smoothly Through Acute Care Settings

24 October 2014
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

2014 Oct

Using Real-Time Demand Capacity Management to Improve Hospitalwide Patient Flow

24 October 2014
Institute for Healthcare Improvement