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About the Urology Network

The Urology Network has been established to improve equity of access, promote high quality care and improve outcomes for NSW patients with urological conditions.

Our People

Andrew Brooks

Andrew Brooks, Co-Chair
Head of Department, Urology
Westmead Hospital
Western Sydney Local Health District

Virginia Ip

Virginia Ip , Co-Chair
Clinical Nurse Consultant -  Urology/Continence 
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Sydney Local Health District

The ACI Urology Network is led by an executive committee, which includes doctors, nurses, academics, allied health staff and consumers. 

The network has more than 80 members and includes clinicians, consumers and representatives from the NSW Ministry of Health, local health districts, specialty network governed health corporations, Clinical Excellence Commission and the Cancer Institute NSW.

Priorities

  • To study the rate of adverse events in men who are on anti-thrombotic treatment undergoing a Trans Urethral Resection of Prostate, aiming to improving patient safety and reducing cost of care.
  • To investigate information technology solutions to improve bladder cancer surveillance, minimising the number of patients inadequately monitored for bladder cancer progression, improving safety and lowering the cost of care.
  • To continue to monitor and evaluate the uptake of low dose rate brachytherapy and assess whether greater public patient access is required.
  • To conduct the prostate cancer nurse pilot study – this project aims to evaluate whether introducing a prostate cancer clinical nurse consultant improves the psychosocial care of men with prostate cancer.

Achievements

  • Introduction of an ambulatory model of care for flexible cystoscopy under local anaesthetic for a range of clinical indicators including superficial bladder cancer. Benefits include reduced waiting times, earlier diagnosis, reduced length of stay and improved experiences for patients. For the health system this means higher efficiency and lower costs.
  • Creation of nurse toolkits covering 11 different topics in the area of urology or continence to assist in the development of policies, practice guidelines, nurse education and patient resources.
  • Improved access to Lithotripsy treatment for kidney stones in the NSW health system, following a study of the management of kidney stone disease across NSW. This includes new equipment and a streamlined treatment process to improve the patient experience and health outcomes.
  • Improved access to low dose rate brachytherapy for treating prostate cancer.

Background

The ACI Urology Network was established in 2006 by the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce. It offers an opportunity for consumers, clinicians and managers to meet and discuss issues relevant to NSW urological services.

In May 2009 the Urology Network and the Cancer Institute NSW Urology Oncology Group decided to collaborate on specific activities. This has proven valuable with a project looking at multidisciplinary teams and the development of a pilot program for a prostate cancer nurse.

Urology Network

Contact

Violeta Sutherland
Urology / Gynaecological Oncology Network Manager