Finalists - Managing resources effectively and efficiently

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Choosing Wisely

Choosing wisely committee, Royal Perth Bentley Group, East Metropolitan Health Service.

Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG) joined the Choosing Wisely initiative to eliminate unnecessary procedures and deliver the highest value to patients at the lowest risk.

RPBG established a Champion Network to prioritise recommendations, educate staff and achieve high-value healthcare cultural change among staff.

Six recommendations have been completed to date which resulted in average annual savings of more than of $330,000 and reduced the number of procedures by more than 6,400.

Complex Patient Transition Program

Medicine CSU, Perth Children's Hospital, Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Rising costs and increasing numbers of children requiring transitional care, prompted the Child and Adolescent Health Service to develop a new more flexible and efficient model for children to access out-of-hospital care.

Previously a third party provider was contracted to provide beds for children with complex care needs.

The new contemporary model increases access to services with reduced cost, ensuring a financially sustainable service for vulnerable children.

Early Episode Psychosis Program

Rockingham Peel Group, South Metropolitan Health Service and Ruah Community Services.

The Early Episode Psychosis (EEP) Program continues to develop partnerships for clients with psychosis to make the best use of limited resources in detection and early intervention.

The EEP program fosters partnerships within government and non-government sectors to optimise client recovery.

A recent external review recommended the program be expanded because services were a cost effective way of reducing non-core mental health service demands.

Pathology test reduction ICU

Fiona Stanley Hospital, South Metropolitan Health Service.

A review of pathology ordering at Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) found that many pathology blood tests were performed unnecessarily.

To reduce the number of blood tests, the ICU developed guidelines, implemented an education campaign and updated its clinical information system.

Over a 12-month period, the number of tests performed was down 59 per cent, savings of more than $85,000 a month were achieved and pathology enjoyed a reduced workload.