This innovative project aims to establish a new model of multi-level integrated care. It will address two high impact diseases that the NSW population faces in increasing numbers – skin cancer and chronic wounds within a specific geographic zone – the Sutherland Shire.
Both these conditions are common – skin cancer impacts on 2 in every 3 Australians in a lifetime incidence and chronic wounds currently account for 57% of community nursing care. Both conditions generate significant costs of treatment both in an ambulatory setting and in hospital admissions, and importantly, have a significant impact on people’s quality of life and social participation.
The new clinical model will be patient centric and focused on delivery of timely assessment and treatment. There will be both horizontal integration of specialist and diagnostic services initiating new training options and IT linkages and vertical integration with primary care and community services in an ambulatory setting. The service will span both private and public locations and has the financial support of a number of new industry partners. It also aims to trigger a wider culture change within the health profession toward integrated care services.