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Rural Health and Research Congress - Model of Care Workshop

Added: 3 September 2013

ACI conducted a multidisciplinary workshop was conducted at the Rural Health and research Congress to introduce participants to the processes for developing a model of care so that the model has the right elements to be implemented. This facilitated session gave 25 participants the opportunity to work on their own proposals and two common ‘take home’ messages were:

  • Don’t jump to the solution – focus on the problem
  • Engage your sponsor early and develop your 30 second grab to sell your message  

 Rural Health and Research Congress

Rural Health and Research Congress - ACI Innovation Awards

The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) this year introduced three Innovation Awards at the Rural Health and Research Congress in Port Macquarie, working with HETI to highlight the value of innovation in clinical practice and complement the theme “Innovation and Achievement – Making the Difference in Rural Health”. The awards were:

  • Best Small Facility / MPS Project
  • Most creative / Innovative Project
  • Most Transferable or System-wide Potential Project

The 48 concurrent presentations were judged against agreed, robust selection criteria based on projects which demonstrated resourcefulness and creativity in design, sustainability in embedding the change and potential to be taken up by other health settings.

Each of the three winning projects received $1,000 to be used by the Project Team, at the discretion of the Organisation, to value-add to the project and contribute to sustainability.

1) The Best Small Facility / MPS Project

Buck Reed - NSW Ambulance, for his paper Creating Multidisciplinary Service Delivery using Boundary Theory.

As a variation on the Paramedic Connect Program, three small facilities in HNE LHD have relaxed the rigid role delineation boundaries within disciplines to adopt a permeable boundary, supported by a service agreement, where Paramedics who are co-located on site work within the Emergency Department whilst on duty, to assist the RN in the initiation and management of patients in the absence of an MO. Only operational for 5 months, but already demonstrating substantial patient benefits, and proving to be a valuable support mechanism for rural and remote health staff.  Photo Buck Reed, Paramedic Boggabri Station, New England Zone.

Buck Reed - NSW Ambulance

Buck Reed - NSW Ambulance

2) The Most Creative / Innovative Project

Joint winners Lyn Boylan and Alyssa Rogan; HNE LHD, for their combined projects Telehealth in Ambulatory Care, and Home Telehealth.

This project creatively utilises existing technology in establishing regular specialist to patient consultations via videoconference, and an expansion of this service explores the health service benefits using iPads for home videoconferencing, to improve access and reduce isolation for Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Groups in rural and remote HNELHD communities. This simple implementation approach to the use of technology as a ‘virtual’ tool, the ease of use for the remote family groups, and the cost savings in travel for patients and health service staff is also worthy or replication across the state.

Lyn Boylan, Co-ordinator Rural Health Programs Community Health Strategy, and Alyssa Rogan

Photo Lyn Boylan, Co-ordinator Rural Health Programs Community Health Strategy, and Alyssa Rogan, Rural Spinal Cord Injury Co-ordinator, HNELHD

3) Most Transferable / System-Wide Potential Project

Joanne Butler MNC LHD and Jenny Zirkler Nambucca Valley Care Residential Aged Care Facility for their RN Collaboration Program.

This collaborative program has established a recruitment and retention strategy by developing a new graduate rotation program shared between the Macksville Hospital acute care and Nambucca Valley Care aged care settings.  Competency Frameworks and Operational Guidelines are well established, and over the last two years the program has successfully retained RN Graduates, many of whom reside in the local area as a ‘grow your own’ strategy. Not only does the RN Collaboration Program raise the profile of Aged Care as a specialty, it also opens opportunities to increase the amount of supported new graduate placements across NSW.

 Photo Jenny Zirkler, Executive Care Manager, Nambucca Valley Care and Jo Butler, Nurse Manager Macksville Hospital, MNC LHD.

Photo Jenny Zirkler, Executive Care Manager, Nambucca Valley Care and Jo Butler, Nurse Manager Macksville Hospital, MNC LHD.