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Osteoarthritis Model of Care - May 2012

Osteoarthritis Model of Care - May 2012

A new model of care developed by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) to reduce pain, improve mobility and make life more comfortable for people with osteoarthritis was launched by Dr Nigel Lyons, ACI Chief Executive at the ACI Musculoskeletal Network’s Second Annual Forum on 4 May 2012.

The NSW Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program (OACCP) is being piloted at seven sites across NSW since March 2011, allowing the ACI to work with the Ministry of Health, participating Local Health Districts, clinicians, managers and people with osteoarthritis to demonstrate the benefits of the new model in practice.

The seven pilot sites are Fairfield/Macarthur/Bowral, Gosford/Wyong, Nepean/Blue Mountains, Newcastle, Port Macquarie/Kempsey/Camden Haven, Sutherland/St George, and Wollongong.

People entering the program undergo a face-to-face assessment at entry and at 12, 26 and 52 weeks after entry. This ensures their needs are monitored and the management of their condition remains appropriate to their disease progression.

Multi-disciplinary care teams, led by a physiotherapist Musculoskeletal Coordinator, work closely with GPs to monitor and manage conditions. Contributions from a range of clinicians including specialist doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, exercise physiologists and podiatrists ensures a holistic approach to the patients’ health and wellbeing.

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