Finalists – Overcoming inequities

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Hepatitis C infection eradication in Albany Regional Prison

WA Country Health Service, Great Southern, WA Country Health Service and Department of Justice.

A new model of care has radically increased the number of prisoners being treated for hepatitis C in Albany Prison.

Between May 2016 and June 2018, 150 prisoners were treated and 92 per cent of those who completed testing were cured.

New prisoners requiring treatment aside, all cases of hepatitis C have been treated and no new infections have occurred within the prison for nine months.

Improving access to hepatitis C treatment in WA prisons

Sexual Health and blood-borne virus program, Public and Aboriginal Health, Department of Health and Department of Justice; Hepatitis WA; South Metropolitan Health Service; North Metropolitan Health Service; East Metropolitan Health Service; WA Country Health Service.

A partnership led by the Communicable Disease Control Directorate has improved access to hepatitis C treatment for prisoners across WA.

Despite curative treatment options being available, there were significant structural barriers for prisoners with hepatitis C.

Based on local service design, the collaboration improved access to treatment and has significantly cut the prevalence of hepatitis C in prisons.

The Royal Perth Hospital homeless team

Royal Perth Hospital, East Metropolitan Health Service and Homeless Healthcare GP Practice; Ruah Community Services.

The Homeless Team is a partnership led by Royal Perth Hospital that is dedicated to improving the health and social outcomes of homeless patients.

Homeless rough sleepers use hospital healthcare at extremely high rates but have poor health outcomes.

The Homeless Team provides in hospital support, discharge planning and improved access to stable housing, community-based social support and long term GP care, all of which dramatically improve health outcomes.

Rural acute TeleStroke service

TeleStroke and WA stroke services project, Innovation and Development - Clinical Telehealth Program, WA Country Health Service.

The WA Rural Acute TeleStroke Service provides equitable access to stroke treatment for country patients.

People in remote areas are at greater risk of stroke. Treatment is time critical and dependent on early specialist intervention

Telehealth lets metro-based neurologists conduct time-critical consultations remotely.

Since implementation, the proportion of WA country acute stroke patients receiving a stroke neurology consultation and specialist treatment has increased significantly