Monash Health’s Residential in Reach program and GP Engagement Initiative have been highly commended at the 2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, and the Oncopain Clinic also selected as a finalist.

The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards recognise and celebrate excellence, dedication and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives that deliver informed and effective healthcare. To have been highly commended is a great reflection of the outstanding and innovative achievements of our staff.

Read more about each of these initiatives below:

The GP Engagement Initiative: Building capacity in primary healthcare to respond to refugee health needs
Category: Excellence in CALD health

The GP Engagement Initiative aims to increase capacity within universal primary healthcare to effectively address the health needs of asylum seekers and refugees. By identifying GP practices with a high refugee caseload, a Refugee Health Fellow is able to guide them through the initiative’s four key phases, in which current practice issues and education needs are discussed, collaborative problem-solving is implemented, and useful refugee health resources are shared.

“We are very proud that the GP Engagement Initiative has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Healthcare Awards as it is the first project of its kind in capturing capacity building outcomes for the refugee health fellow funding received from the Victorian State Government,” Jacquie McBride, Manager Monash Refugee Health and Wellbeing said.

“The findings from this initiative have valuable translational implications in optimising the provision of primary healthcare for individuals and families of refugee background within the region and more broadly.”

Residential in Reach: Thinking outside the box
Category: Excellence in public sector aged care

Residential in Reach is a health independence program that assists in the prevention of avoidable emergency department presentations for people living in residential care facilities. With the increasing numbers of residential care beds in Monash Health’s catchment (now an estimated 10,000 beds) the team have utilised innovative funding sources and models to enable a 24 hour, seven days a week service to be provided.

“We are able to offer residents an alternative to attending the emergency department for care, which enables them to have the type of care they require in a location that is appropriate for their needs. This is more-patient centred for the resident and supports both ambulance and hospital service demand,” Helen Stubbs, Acute Care Streams Manager, Monash Health Community said.

“The team is small but very hardworking and passionate about our service. Our service redesign has allowed us to offer a more extensive service, with plans to increase this further in the future.”

Oncopain Clinic: Provision of multidisciplinary rapid access cancer pain assessment and management
Category: Secretary’s Award for improving integration of care for patients with chronic and complex conditions

The Oncopain Clinic is a new outpatient-based initiative which allows for rapid assessment, review and coordination of treatment for patients with refractory cancer pain. Through the Oncopain Clinic, the Supportive and Palliative Care (SPC) team at Monash Health provides timely multidisciplinary care to those with poorly controlled or refractory pain through early identification and referral. The multidisciplinary team that comprises SPC consists of Oncology, Interventional Radiology, Pain Services, and Hospital in the Home.

“We are most honoured by this nomination. We all believe that through this initiative we can be proactive in improving pain management for cancer patients, leading to a better quality of life for patients and their carers, whilst reducing disruptions in their cancer treatment,” Associate Professor Peter Poon, Director Supportive and Palliative Care said.

“This is a great example of close collaborative interdisciplinary care and what we can achieve at Monash Health given the strong relationships between specialities and disciplines, and the support by executive.”


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