A2: Three innovative methods for improving care in rural communities

Monday 25 July 2022 | 11:20-12:20

Stream: Population and Public Health
Format: Presentation
Content filters: tbc

(Part One): Co-designing an age-friendly health system for the bush

Age-friendly health systems can prevent, delay or slow physical and cognitive declines, support healthy ageing, reduce health care costs, and improve staff morale.

This presentation will show you how one geographically dispersed region in rural Victoria worked with health administrators and economists, sub-acute and acute health services, primary health clinicians, and older people to codesign an integrated, age-friendly health system based on the IHI 4Ms Framework.

Kathleen Brasher, Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership; Australia

(Part Two): Implementing Virtual Clinical Pharmacy in Rural NSW Hospitals improves medication safety

Virtual pharmacy is an evolving model of care worldwide. This session will provide an overview of an Australian telehealth clinical pharmacy model which provides comprehensive support to clinicians and patients at rural and remote NSW hospitals. This model supports both patients and clinicians with the safe and quality use of medicines.

The session will cover the clinical services provided, key design considerations and experience with implementation. It will also include the services evaluation including demonstrated improvements in NSQHS standards, staff, and patient feedback and how the model could be translated into other healthcare environments.

Shannon Nott, Western NSW Local Health District; Australia

(Part Three): To be announced