A focus on integrated health care

The Sydney Alliance for Healthcare, Research & Training (SAHRT) hosted a symposium at the Royal Hospital for Women, focusing on integrated care (“Toward best practice in integrated care”) in November.

This symposium was an opportunity to celebrate successes as well as confront the challenges that exist in the area of integrated care. Dr Mary Foley (Secretary, NSW Ministry of Health) and the Hon. Jillian Skinner, MP (Minister for Health) emphasised the importance of moving towards sustainable and integrated practices in healthcare, that result in better outcomes for patients. Other speakers included Professor Emeritus John H.V. Gilbert (University of British Columbia) – integrated care and the implications for health professional education, Professor Patricia Davidson (Johns Hopkins University) – lessons from the US Affordable Care Act, as well as a range of innovators who are working on a variety of integrated care projects.

The Multilevel Innovators Project in Integrated Care presented a poster on the day. This poster highlights the remarkable success that this project has achieved in the first 6 months of operating an integrated skin cancer centre. This has involved General Practitioners, Skin Cancer Nurses, Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists all working together in a truly collaborative practice that revolves around the patient getting good treatment outcomes as well as up skilling GPs in the area of skin cancers. Highlights include 3 melanomas diagnosed by GPs in this time, as well as leading a number of procedures.

The next exciting step of this project will be the launch of the Integrated Wound Care Clinic in early 2016. Stay tuned for more details!

For further details, please contact Mr Wei-Li Hume, Integrated Care Innovator Program Coordinator, on 9540 8172 or wei-li.hume@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

SAHRT symposium presentation L-R - Wei-Li Hume, Jocelyn Hickson, Linda Soars & A/Prof Peter Gonski
L-R – Wei-Li Hume, Jocelyn Hickson, Linda Soars & A/Prof Peter Gonski