LOCAL NEWS

Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Staff Selfie

Here we see Grant Tweedie, Aboriginal Health Worker for Lismore, NNSWLHD taking a selfie while he is “Hot-Desking” on the front verandah of Box Ridge Aboriginal Medical Service where he regularly attends to provide clinical support. Talk about adaptable, integrated care in action, nice work Grant! Readers may note the lack of actual desk, this
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter, The Joint Approach

The Ministry casts a lense on Leading Better Value Care

Leading Better Value Care (LBVC) has been identifying and implementing opportunities for delivering value based care  to the people of Northern NSW since March 2017. Staff involved in the 8 initiatives of Tranche 1 have successfully used the Centre for Healthcare Redesign methodology to achieve exemplary improvements in the way the LHD delivers care. Along the way,
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter, Patient Reported Measures

Planning to increase Patient Reported Measures (PRMs)

In May, the Patient Reported Measures (PRMs) team commenced with a planning day held in Ballina. There are 2 main types of PRMs that will be used across the LHD; Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs). PROMs (outcomes) capture patients’ perspectives about how illness or care impacts on their health
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter, Orion

Shared Care Planning proof of concept finishes

Over the last two years, NNSWLHD and the North Coast Primary Health Network via their Integrated Care partnership, have been running a Shared Care Planning tool project with support from eHealth NSW and the NSW Ministry of Health. The ‘proof of concept’ project led by Tim Marsh, Integrated Care, NNSWLHD had a set timeframe of
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in Healthpathways, News, Newsletter

500 HealthPathways Celebration!

The Mid and North Coast HealthPathways Team reached a major milestone in April celebrating online publication of 500 localised HealthPathways. This is a great achievement for the team of 8 who work remotely across the North Coast including Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. HealthPathways team members, management and staff congregated after a recent Workgroup meeting
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

New community engagement framework

NNSW LHD staff are being encouraged to identify suitable patients, health consumers and carers to join new local advisory groups which are being established across the district. The LHD has recently launched a new community engagement framework focused on increasing community participation in the health service. The new framework, approved by the Board in May,
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News, Newsletter

Northern NSW supports National Advance Care Planning Week

The Northern NSW Compassionate Communities group, lead by Anna Law, End of Life Care Project Lead for the LHD planned a stall in Ballina to help the community consider their future medical care and understand the importance of advance care planning. The stall was set up in Ballina Fair in April as part of National
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in Healthpathways, News, Newsletter

HealthPathways update – May 2019

Accesing HealthPathways on your LHD PC Did you know that there are number of ways that Health Professionals can access HealthPathways? Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Simply click on the NNSW Clinical Links and get direct access to HealthPathways Desktop Icon – A blue and green ‘H’ Icon is located on desktops located within LHD sites.
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in MH & D&A, News, Newsletter

Giving patients options in their opioid treatment

Clarence Valley Opioid Treatment Service (Drug & Alcohol) is stepping boldly into a process of Clinical Redesign. The small specialist team want to do things differently to meet growing demand by Improving access and time to treatment Connect to the whole health sector in a coordinated way Provide the type of care patients want to
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Health literacy ambassador program

Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Respiratory Staff Education Day

Speciliast Respiratory Clinicians met in Lismore to participate in the Respiratory Education Day. The annual event allows staff from across the LHD to get to know each other face to face and to learn about new techniques and care practices. The staff, many of whom travel great distances to attend are supported by their managers
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Sharing data with GPs helps keep vulnerable patients well

In the lead up to Winter the LHD has been sharing patient data with local GPs to support the Winter Strategy for 2019. The data contains information on admissions for patients whose GPs are enrolled in the Winter Strategy. The information was shared by the LHD via a new secure file sharing tool developed by
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Transformational Plan – Vulnerable Families

NSW Health has always supported the Northern NSW Integrated Care partnership to implement innovative, locally led models of Integrated Care. This support has allowed LHDs across the state to trial new ways of working to deliver care and address the needs of the community. NSW Health is now working with LHDs to scale up effective
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Pulmonary function test, a breath of fresh air for Lismore

In March new pulmonary function testing equipment arrived at Lismore Base Hospital (LBH). This welcome addition of a MasterScreen/SentrySuite® unit will enable LBH to offer full range of lung function testing including FeNO. Simon Fokes is running the pulmonary function laboratory undertaking pulmonary function testing. Simon is an Exercise Physiologist and recently received training through
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

A note from Vicki Rose, Director of Integrated Care and Allied Health Services

The Northern NSW Integrated Care partnership (NNSWIC) has always been supported by NSW Health in trialling new ways of working to deliver care and addressing the needs of our community. NSW Health is now working with NNSWIC and others across the state to scale up effective care initiatives making care more widely available. Across NSW,
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter, Patient Centred Care

Patients empowered to co-design own healthcare

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Drive team participated in a Co-Designing session with patients and staff in Lismore. Patients and staff of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program were invited to participate. The session helped to determine where the patients’ priorities aligned with the priorities of the Drive Team. The results of an audit and process
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Committed to End of Life Matters

LHD staff were recently invited to express interest in forming an End of Life Committee. The aim of the committee is to lead a strategic approach to: Providing excellent, compassionate care for people at the end of their life and their carers/families. Educating and empowering staff and the community around end of life There was
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Integrating Care Conference

Northern NSW is a pioneering region for integrating care and that is an achievement we can all be proud of. The Ministry of Health asked the LHD to present at the Integrating Care Conference in early April on our local vision for Integrated Care. Catriona Wilson joined Integrated Care leads from across NSW, participating in
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Partner Profile; Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service

Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service is a community controlled health service located in Ballina, servicing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and their families from Ballina and surrounding communities including Cabbage Tree Island, Evans Head, Byron Bay, and Wollongbar. Bullinah provides comprehensive primary health care services to clients of all ages with a focus on Aboriginal
Read more +18 July 2019 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter, Winter Strategy

Reflecting on last year’s Winter Strategy

27 practices enrolled for Winter Strategy 2019 which is running for its third year. Patient registrations opened on 1 April 2019 with practices registering around 800 of their most vulnerable patients. The LHD will activate electronic Admission and Discharge Notifications (ADNs) for these patients. The LHD assisted GPs with their patient selection by providing patient hospitalisation data
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Northern NSW is a Compassionate Community

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) recently invited members of the local community to participate in an evening of discussion around end of life care in our area. The evening was part of the Compassionate Communities movement locally led by Anna Law, End of Life Care Project Lead for the NNSWLHD. Compassionate Communities is
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

All Aboard for 2018 NAIDOC Celebrations

This year’s NAIDOC theme celebrated the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels. Under the theme – Because of Her, We Can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 was held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Compassionate Community Meets Again

The Compassionate Community “Call to Action” group has met on 23 August at the Ballina Surf Club to further build the local Northern NSW Compassionate Community. Anna Law, End of Life Care Porject Lead invited the group to join her for the follow up discussion and planning leading on from the initial forum in July.
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in MH & D&A, News

Drug & Alcohol Consumers Have Had Their Say

The recent Drug and Alcohol Services “Your Experience of Service” survey results are in with some clearly positive results. Thanks to Darren Smyth, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Drug and Alcohol for putting together the following poster.
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in Healthpathways, News

Online Sick Day Action Plans Now on HealthPathways

Sick Day Action Plans which are available on HealthPathways have received a format update. These plans are now available as fillable PDF forms. The new form can be downloaded and completed electronically with the patient. It can then be printed or saved to a computer. To do this save the completed PDF form, choose File
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in Integrated Care Collaborative, MH & D&A, News, Patient Centred Care

Health Partnerships – Community Mental Health and Jullums; Sharing is Caring

Clinicians from Jullums, Lismore’s Aboriginal Medical Service and the NNSWLHD Community Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol are meeting monthly to discuss mutual clients in an exciting new integrated care pilot. The “Health Partnership” is a first for the Northern Rivers and aims to trial an innovation that integrates primary and tertiary services for Aboriginal
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in eMR & Safe Transfer of Care, MH & D&A, News

Everyone Needs a Regular GP

The Integrated Care “Who is Your GP?” campaign continues to support all clinicians to understand and advocate that a person’s health team includes a regular GP. When a person partners with their GP they have greater opportunity to understand and take charge of their physical and mental health. The “My GP” business card is designed
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in MH & D&A, News

Information Booklet: Mental Health Services in the Northern Rivers

An information booklet has been developed for people using mental health services in the Northern Rivers region of NSW and their families, carers and support people. The booklet contains contact details for important services and covers available mental health services in the local area, how to access them and what happens on discharge. There is
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, Patient Centred Care

Information for Carers Booklet

Every two years Carers NSW conducts a statewide survey of carers to better understand what carers in NSW want and need. In the most recent survey, carers were found to continue to experience lower levels of health and wellbeing than the general population. To help improve the experience of family/friends and carers, Ken Lee, Manager
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, Nurse Education RACF & GP

Nurse Network Meetings – Supporting the Older Patient

The NNSWLHD and the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) continue to work collaboratively to deliver educaiton to GP and RACF nursing staff as part of the local Nurse Network initiative. Melanie Franz, Nurse Educator for Integrated Care and Karri Crossing, Clinical Nurse Advisor, North Coast Primary Health Network worked together to organise the August
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in eMR & Safe Transfer of Care, News

eMR & Safe Transfer of Care Project – Wrap Up

Summary of the eMR and Transfer of Care Project – 2017-2018 Overview of the Project: The electronic medical record (eMR) and Safe Transfer of Care Project was an Integrated Care initiative implemented by the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD). The initiative commenced in response to a need for improved safe transfer of care for
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in CDM, News

Ministry of Health Visit Ballina for Integrated Care Systems Update

The Ministry of Health (MOH) visited Ballina on Wednesday 26 September to discuss the statewide Integrated Care Strategy and the Northern NSW Integrated Care partners provided them with an update on the local strategy. MOH delegates included Brad Astill, Executive Director, System Performance Support, Marisa Rose, Director, Integrated Care, Sarah Sherborne-Higgins, Manager, Integrated Care Implementation
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in MH & D&A, News

Picnic in the Park for Mental Health – October 11th

Open Minds is hosting a picnic in the park, with the aim of encouraging social connections and help seeking behaviour, so that we can all maintain our mental health and wellbeing. This year, the NSW theme for Mental Health Month is Share the Journey – and it’s all about sharing your feelings when you’re going
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in MH & D&A, News

Cannabis as Medicine Survey – 2018

Researchers from the University of Sydney are launching an Australia wide online survey of people who have used cannabis for MEDICAL (therapeutic) purposes within the last 12 months. A similar survey was conducted in 2016, with the aim to see how things have changed in that time. The survey will be anonymous and confidential. You
Read more +04 October 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, Orion

Orion Shared Care Tool Update

The Orion Shared Care Planning platform has relaunched. The learnings from this innovative project are proving invaluable to eHealth NSW in shaping the future of Shared Care Planning. Several general practices and key GPs registered to trial, easier and secure sharing of information between GPs and the local community has commenced. Shared Care Planning is
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Winter Strategy 2018: Delivering Service to Vulnerable People

The 2018 Winter Strategy patient registration period has closed. The joint North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) and Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) initiative has entered the Service Delivery stage of the program. Phase 3 runs from 28 May to 14 September. The key activities in Phase 3 are to: Deliver individualised care that
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in Healthpathways, News

400 Localised HealthPathways – Milestone Reached

The Mid and North Coast HealthPathways Team have been celebrating reaching 400 localised HealthPathways!! Mid and North Coast HealthPathways provides information to consistently assess and manage medical conditions as well as the criteria for requesting health services in the Mid and North Coast Local Health Area. HealthPathways empowers clinicians with locally agreed information to make
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

International Summer School on Integrated Care

The International Summer School on Integrated Care was a five-day residential program for public sector leaders committed to driving integrated care. Participants travelled to Kingscliff, where they were exposed to a mix of International and Australian case studies, and encouraged to workshop solutions to their integrated care programs throughout the week. The Summer School supported
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Compassionate Communities Forum – 2 July

One thing’s for sure – everyone dies. Let’s open up conversations about death and dying and talk about fostering more compassion within our communities. Come along to this free community forum and join health professionals, community members and friends to talk about this sometimes awkward subject. Hear from others about their experiences with dying and
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in MH & D&A, News

Fred’s Place Mental Health Training Day

Integrated care in action- A day of networking and shared learning during mental health workplace training. The session was facilitated by Steve Carrigg from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP). Through innovative projects, local and national partnerships, mental health information, tailored advice, workshops and short courses, RAMHP links people with services ensuring help is
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, The Joint Approach

SOS Clinic Celebrates 1 year Anniversary

The Specialised Osteoarthritis Screening Clinic (SOS Clinic) celebrated one year of operation in May. For over 12 months now the SOS clinic has been screening patients in the Tweed area for whole of health issues effecting their joint pain and function. Evan Bryant, Musculoskeletal Coordinator at the clinic has developed appropriate assessment and management programs,
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, Nurse Education RACF & GP

Nurse Network Meeting Topic: Wounds

The Nurse Network Meetings continue across the region with recent sessions being held in Alstonville and Kingscliff. The Nurse Educator for Integrated Care – Melanie Franz and North Coach Primary Health Network’s Clinical Nurse Adviser Karri Crossing collaborated to deliver the May Nurse Network Meetings which focused on the topic of Wound Management. Supported by
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in CDM, News

Integrated Care Finalists, Chronic Heart Failure: 2018 NNSWLHD Quality Awards

The judging panel had some tough decisions to make at this year’s NNSW LHD Quality Awards. Two Integrated Care finalists made it through to present at the Quality Awards Presentation Dinner at The Twin Towns Services Club on Friday 15 June. One of those finalists was Flexible Diuretic Regimens as a Patient Self-Management Strategy in
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Health Coaching for Chronic Patients in Primary Care

Melanie Franz, Nurse Educator (RACF & GP) for Integrated Care has collaborated with the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) to source and deliver education to primary health workers enabling them to manage chronic disease patients with behaviour change and health coaching. As a key project deliverable this initiative also supports the Winter Strategy 2018.
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Groundbreaking News for End of Life Care Project

The Groundswell Project recently announced that Northern NSW has been selected as one of the 8 communities known as “GroundBreakers” to be a part of The GroundSwell Projects’ Compassionate Communities Practice Forum. The honour is attributed to the hard work and application made by Anna Law, Project Lead, End of Life Care with the support
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Sharing is Caring for Our Patients this Winter

As part of the Northern NSW Local Health District commitment to the Winter Strategy for 2018 the NNSWLHD has shared valuable patient admission information with its partners, the local general practitioners who were involved in keeping vulnerable and at-risk patients safe last Winter. GPs who participated in last year’s Winter Strategy received encrypted admission data
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in eMR & Safe Transfer of Care, News

Integrated Care Finalist, Safe Transfer of Care: 2018 NNSWLHD Quality Awards

The judging panel had some tough decisions to make at this year’s NNSW LHD Quality Awards. Two Integrated Care finalists made it through to present at the Quality Awards Presentation Dinner at The Twin Towns Services Club on Friday 15 June. One of those finalists was Safe Transfer of Care between Hospitals and Primary Care,
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Introducing Jaymie Hall: Winter Strategy Care Facilitator, Tweed Heads

Thanks to the commitment of the Director of Integrated Care & Allied Health Services and the Tweed Director of Nursing & Midwifery, The Tweed Hospital will have a temporary Care Facilitator position appointed this Winter. The position reports to the Whole of Hospital Program Manager and will: Participate in Winter Strategy implementation and evaluation Drive
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Building Death Literacy Conference

Anna Law, Project Lead, End of Life Care, Integrated Care recently attended the 2018 Building Death Literacy Conference in Sydney in her capacity as the local Groundbreaker Community Representative. Compassionate Communities is a whole of community approach to end of life support where caring for one another at times of need, loss and/or crisis becomes
Read more +06 July 2018 By Jambavati Excell in Clarence Valley Integrated Care, News

Asthma & Respiratory Management Seminar May 2018

On a Saturday in May 24 attendees including a mixture of Nurses from GP practices, Hospital, Residential Aged Care Facilities, Transitional Nurse Practitioner, and Physiotherapists gatehred at the Grafton District Services Club for a Asthma and Respiratory Management Seminar organised by Kate Russell, Integrated Care Project Officer in Grafton. Everyone who attended gave excellent feedback
Read more +29 June 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Heart Disease Awareness in Aboriginal Women in Northern NSW

Dullgu Gummurr Meaning: The heart is being looked after by many hearts as depicted with the blue, green/gray lines surrounding it from small to large. Perhaps the outer heart could represent NNSWLHD or Aboriginal Medical Services or combined and the others representing arms of the health system and the closest being family. By Graeme F
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, Orion

Introducing Andrew Dodds

Where were you working before being appointed as an eClinician for Integrated Care ? Last year NNSWLHD rolled out eRIC (electronic Records Intensive Care). I was the Change Manager for eRIC at Tweed. Prior to that, the last 2 years I have been a Clinical Nurse Educator for ICU/CCU at Tweed and prior to that,
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, Nurse Education RACF & GP

Introducing Melanie Franz

Where were you working before being appointed as a Nurse Educator for Integrated Care? My substantive is as Clinical Nurse Educator at Rehabilitation in Murwillumbah Hospital. In 2016 I was also the Transition and Move Manager of all services (except Mental Health) for Byron Central Hospital. Prior to that I worked as an educator for
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

End of Life Legal Matters – Education Evening

Dr Sue Velovski chaired an educational evening with 110 people attending. Our local expert panel joined by Lawyer Andrew Saxton, End of Life advocate Professor Colleen Cartwright and Founder of The Groundswell Project Kerrie Noonan. The panel worked through 3 hypothetical cases—looking at all points of care from community to acute care with heartfelt discussions
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in IACC, News

No Wrong Door for Aboriginal Chronic Care

Since its first referral back in May 2017 the Integrated Aboriginal Chronic Care (IACC) program has continued to improve the patient journey between all Aboriginal-specific chronic care services in Northern NSW via its unique single point of assessment system. Since its inception IACC has received over 165 referrals. The “No Wrong Door” referral system is
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

“It’s Now or Never” workshop Dates for 2018

The next “It’s Now or Never” workshop is scheduled for 4 April at Maclean. This one-day workshop is designed to support staff in recognising and responding to the need for end of life conversations to support patients and families. LHD staff can register via My Health Learning (HETI). Lunch is provided. Dates for 2018:
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Winter Strategy 2018

The Winter Strategy is a joint project bringing together the LHD, North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) and General Practice to better respond to the surge in healthcare demand over winter. The Winter Strategy aims to support people with long term conditions to stay well and safely at home during winter. The emphasis is on:
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Winter Strategy Co-Design Workshop

On the 12th of February the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) hosted a co-design workshop to discuss the 2018 Winter Strategy. Among the 50 participants, represented on the evening was the local health district, general practice and local consumers. Lessons learned and an interim evaluation of the 2017 Winter Strategy were presented before attendees
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in CDM, MH & D&A, News, Patient Centred Care

Integrated Care for Vulnerable Communities

Sandy O’Brien, Integrated Care, Mental Health/Drug & Alcohol and Sarah Mogler, Chronic Disease Management Service were invited to present at the 4th International Health Care Reform Conference in Sydney, 21 – 23 March 2018. The conference is entitled “Moving Care from Hospital to Community: navigating the bumps” and hosted international speakers: Robin Osborn, The Commonwealth
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News, The Joint Approach

The Joint Approach

Tweed OA clinic improving patients’ quality of life A specialised Osteoarthritis Screening Clinic (SOS Clinic) was launched in June last year at the Tweed Hospital’s Physiotherapy Department. It provides assessment, management and monitoring services for holistic health issues affecting joint pain. Knee and hip osteoarthritis is a cause of hip and knee pain, but this
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in News

Are You Ready for My Health Record?

A patient’s My Health Record can provide important information for healthcare providers in every step of an individual’s health journey. For Brian, beyond the emergency department, supplementary information in the discharge summary was visible in his My Health Record – helping inform other healthcare providers involved in his care. Click Here to view an interactive
Read more +06 April 2018 By Jambavati Excell in Clarence Valley Integrated Care, News

Telehealth Helps Avoid Unnecessary Admissions for Elderly

A program designed to reduce hospital admissions and improve care for older people in the Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) setting is running at Grafton Base Hospital. The Specialist Geriatric Outreach (SGO) service uses Telehealth to provide RACFs with clinical support and advice. The SGO sees an integration of services between acute care services, primary
20 December 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Northern NSW Integrated Care Newsletter – December Issue 11

Read more +19 December 2017 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

End of Life Care October Newsletter

Read the latest End of Life Care news by clicking Here
Read more +19 December 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News

Keeping a Finger on The Pulse of eHealth News

Pulse+IT is Australia’s first and only eHealth and Health IT  Magazine. Published by Pulse+IT Magazine Pty Ltd ATF Pulse+IT Magazine Trust (ABN: 34 045 658 171), Pulse+IT is Australasia’s first and only eHealth and Health IT magazine. Launched in 2006 to assist GPs and Specialists to better understand the technology they confront in their practices,
Read more +01 December 2017 By Jambavati Excell in Healthpathways, MH & D&A, News

HealthPathways for Mental Health

  As demand for mental health treatment continues to soar, new figures show that GPs are doing the heaviest lifting to ease the burden of mental illness. It is estimated the number of mental health presentations to GPs have increased by about 4.7% annually since 2009 reaching 15.8 million visits in the 2012/13 financial year.
Read more +01 December 2017 By Jambavati Excell in Health Literacy, News

Taking Charge of Your Health Workshops

Did you know that in one year a person will spend just 3-4 hours with health professionals and more than 8000 hours managing their own health? To celebrate Health Literacy month in October, a series of free community workshops were held to support people to take charge of their health in between doctors’ visits. A
Read more +24 November 2017 By Jambavati Excell in eMR & Safe Transfer of Care, News

Transfer of Care Referral Supplement

The Transfer of Care Referral Supplement is a form located in eMR2 which allows ease of documentation, enhancing safe electronic handover to all of our LHD facilities (this does not exist in FirstNet, therefore only applicable for inpatient discharges or transfers). This new form creates the ability for all Health professionals to attach information to
Read more +14 November 2017 By Jambavati Excell in LBVC, News

Inpatient Management of Diabetes Mellitus Audit

Audit Results are in for Lismore Base Lismore Base Hospital was recently audited on the Inpatient Management of Diabetes Mellitus (IMDM). The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) performed the audit which captured data from admissions from January 2016 – August 2017. IMDM is one of the clinical initiatives underway as part of Leading Better Value Care (LBVC) and
Read more +16 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Northern NSW Integrated Care Newsletter – August/September 2017 – Issue 10

10/10 People Die. Are you Ready? ‘Death literacy’ recognises the role that everyone has in end of life care and death care.
Read more +16 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in LBVC, News

Leading Better Value Care Update – September

LBVC UPDATE Chronic Heart failure Ballina – The process mapping workshop has been completed. Patient/ carer interviews being under way to feedback into that workshop. Chronic Heart failure Grafton/ Maclean – The process  Mapping workshop has been completed and Solution Design workshop scheduled. Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program Richmond – The process mapping workshop was held
Read more +13 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in CHIKI, News

Transformers II – NCPHN Special Event Series – Ballina

November 6 @ 6:00 pm – November 10 @ 5:30 pm   The Transformers Special Event Series is back for 2017. Don’t miss out on this international learning experience. TRANSFORMERS II is presented in five distinct sessions over three days. Click here to access more information via the NCPHN website. SESSION 1: TRANSFORMING YOUR PRACTICE:
Read more +13 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in MH & D&A, News

Integrated Care in Motion at Fred’s Place

The St Vincent De Paul Society operates Fred’s Place as a daytime homeless care and support service for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Tweed Heads region. Current partnerships exist between Fred’s place, the local health district and Kennedy Dve Medical Centre to provide a GP led health clinic once a fortnight.
Read more +13 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in LBVC, News

What is Leading Better Value Care?

Leading Better Value Care (LBVC) is a priority initiative of NSW Ministry of Health (MOH), in collaboration with the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Clinical Excellence Commission for 2017/18. Eight initiatives have been identified for focus across the health system over the next 12 months, encouraging a more collaborative, whole-of-system approach, delivering better value
Read more +12 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Decision Time – What Really Matters in the End – Last MDT of 2017

Read more +12 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News

Patient Reported Measures – PRMS Newsletter

PRMS Newsletter The PRMs Newsletter is sent out every two months and captures the knowledge, experience and learnings of the PRMs co-design process happening across New South Wales. Highlighting the wonderful work being undertaken, it seeks to enable clinicians and managers to learn from one another. Subscribe to the Patient Reported Measures Newsletter: https://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/make-it-happen/prms/resources/newsletter
Read more +12 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, The Joint Approach

UPDATE – The Joint Approach Project

SOS clinic operational from 29th May 17 (SOS clinic screening for whole of health issues effecting joint pain and function. Assessment and management program put in place, GP recommendations and reporting. Templates for assessment developed) Service – Mon-Wed. 45 operational days since opened 93 referrals 98 OOS (64 Initial, 33 x 1 month follow up,
Read more +12 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, Orion

Shared Care Planning Tool – Orion Visit for Solutions Workshop

On Wednesday August 30th, Integrated Care hosted an all-day Orion workshop. The Northern NSW team comprising a local GP, LHD clinician and LHD project team met with 7 Orion people from Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The focus of the day was making Orion easier to use, and improving clinical safety and quality. We focussed on:
Read more +12 October 2017 By Jambavati Excell in CDM, News, Patient Centred Care

Primary Care Nurse Network Dinners

Chronic Disease staff from Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) recently presented on chronic disease management at 2 Primary Care Nurse Network dinners held in Tweed Heads and Alstonville last month. The dinners which were hosted by the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) in partnership with the Australian Practice Nurse Network (APNA) form part
Read more +01 September 2017 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Decision Time: What Really Matters in the End – MDT – Friday 25th August

“The beginning and end of life care” – bereavement care in maternity.
Read more +01 September 2017 By Jambavati Excell in End of Life Care, News

Dying to Know day – 8th August 2017

10/10 people die. Are you ready? NATIONAL DYING TO KNOW DAY – 8th August ‘Death literacy’ recognises the role that everyone has in end of life care and death care. Having knowledge helps us make informed decisions about the care, being able to act on that knowledge is empowering. This day is an initiative of
Read more +07 August 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News

Winter Strategy making an impact for North Coast residents

26 practices are participating in the ‘Winter Strategy’, and have enrolled over 700 patients patients at high risk of poor health and hospitalisation. These patients are on their practices ‘winter watch list’ and will receive additional care from their General Practice to support improved self-management. In addition, continuity of care is supported via provision of
Read more +07 August 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

Northern NSW Integrated Care Newsletter – June/July 2017 Issue 09

 
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NNSW Integrated Care Strategy – Status Report May 2017

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End of Life Care Newsletter – July 2017

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Leading Better Value Care

Leading Better Value Care (LBVC) is a priority initiative of NSW Ministry of Health (MoH), in collaboration with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) for 2017/18. Eight initiatives have been identified for focus across the health system over the next 12 months, encouraging a more collaborative, whole-of-system approach, delivering
Read more +04 August 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, Patient Centred Care

ACI Visit – Patient Reported Measures in NNSW

On the Morning of Friday 14 July Mel Tinsley, Program Manager, Patient Reported Measures, Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) presented to local LHD staff on Outcomes Measurement. In particular she spoke of Health Outcomes, Patient and Clinical Reported Measures and how they fit into the NSW Integrated Care Strategy. She explained how the focus is moving away from volume,
Read more +19 July 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, The Joint Approach

“My Aching Joints” Event was Excellent!

Feedback has been received from the “My Aching Joints” event held at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads on  Thursday 15 June. As reported by Gloria Vittor, Event Coordination Officer, North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN), of the 45 invited attendees, 42 attended on the day, 10 from General Practice.  Of the attendees 65% were evaluated. The high attendance
Read more +17 July 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News

Winter Strategy 2017 – Update

Keeping the North Coast well this winter Every winter, there is a surge in healthcare demand both in the community and hospitals. Older and frail patients are especially vulnerable during this time. As part of the Northern NSW Integrated Care strategy the Northern NSW Local Health District (LHD) and the North Coast Primary Health Network
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The Joint Approach – July Newsletter

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SOS Clinic Update – First Month

The Specialised Osteoarthritis Screening (SOS) Clinic is well and truly into its implementation phase having received over 30 referrals in it’s first month of operation. Since the SOS clinic began on 29 May 2017 60% of referrals have been received from Specialists and 40% from GPs. The SOS clinic has recruited the services of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Mr Evan
Read more +13 July 2017 By Jambavati Excell in Healthpathways, News

HealthPathways Update – May 2017

HealthPathways Update SICK DAY ACTION PLANS A new HealthPathways page has been created which contains Actions Plans. The plans can be downloaded and are available for use in Best Practice, Medical Director, Genie and pdf. format. Have a look on the Home page under Public Health Alerts to see what is already available! NEW LOOK
Read more +14 June 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News

HealtheNet: your portal for statewide clinical information

The HealtheNet Clinical Portal provides NSW Health clinicians with an aggregated summary view of patient information including: • State-wide discharge summaries • State-wide medical images and reports • State-wide hospital encounter history information from Emergency, Inpatients and Outpatients departments • State-wide patient identifiers from NSW public hospitals and a patient’s national Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI)
Read more +13 June 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, Newsletter

NNSW Integrated Care Newsletter – Issue 08 – May 2017

Northern NSW Integrated Care Newsletter – Issue 08 – May 2017         WINTER STRATEGY 2017 Every winter, there is a surge in healthcare demand both in the community and hospitals. Older and frail patients are especially vulnerable during this time. The Winter Strategy 2017 aims to support general practices and Aboriginal Medical
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NDIS Launch in Northern NSW

The NDIS Local Area Coordination (LACs) Service provided by Social Futures (formally known as the Northern Rivers Social Development Council) launched in Northern NSW on Monday the 3rd of April and is now active throughout the district. The Local Area Coordinators will play a key role in preparing the community for the start of the
Read more +09 June 2017 By Jambavati Excell in News, NSW Health Updates

Palliative Care is a Priority for Minister for Health

Click here to view Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard’s Media Release on Palliative Care a Priority for NSW. On Friday 12 May Lismore MP, Thomas George and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams hosted Palliative Care Round Table Discussions held at the local Council Chambers in Goonellabah. Attendees from the Northern NSW Local Health District, community-based
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Rural eHealth Scanning Project – Tweed ED

Taken from the March/April issue of eHealth News
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The Joint Approach Newsletter – June 2017

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End of Life Newsletter – May 2017

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Decision Time – What Really Matters in the End – MDT Meeting June 2017

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