Finalists – Developing sustainable solutions for out-of-hospital healthcare

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Assisted automated peritoneal dialysis program

Renal medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, North Metropolitan Health Service and Fresenius Medical Care Australia Pty Ltd.

A pilot study for assisted automated peritoneal dialysis was developed to determine its feasibility.

Peritoneal dialysis provides significant cost savings and improves quality of life. Uptake, however, is poor.

The study saved more than $600,000 and 518 bed days. All patients rated the service as at least reasonably important to them and 100 per cent of staff supported its continuation.

Complex care coordination service

Armadale Kalamunda Group, East Metropolitan Health Service.

The Complex Care Coordination service forms part of a new model, focussing on patient-centred care.

Since implementation, more hospital bed days have been saved due to improved care coordination and the transition of patients to out-of-hospital care.

Mobile Imaging Communication Exchange

MICE project team, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital group, South Metropolitan Health Service.

Images can play an invaluable role in clinical decision-making, particularly in guiding wound management.

The Medical Image Communication Exchange (MICE) is a mobile phone application that supports clinicians to share patient images with one another efficiently and without breaching patient privacy.

It enables the safe capture of images and correspondence that would otherwise not inform the medical record. This in turn, facilitates referrals to appropriate medical expertise.

Urgent FBT pathway

Mental health, Centre for Clinical Interventions, North Metropolitan Health Service and Sydeny Children's Hospital Network Eating Disorders Service: The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

The Centre for Clinical Interventions developed has developed a pathway that provides anorexia nervosa patients and their families with better access pathways to specialist treatment.

Outpatient, family-based treatment (FBT) is the leading evidence-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Waitlist times however, are significant.

The Urgent FBT Pathway significantly cuts waitlist times for family-based treatment, and reduces drop out. Pilot outcome data is in line with benchmarks.