The Queensland Emergency Department Strategic Advisory Panel (QEDSAP) hosted an invitation-only workshop on 1 September to set the strategic direction for emergency care in Queensland. More than 70 participants attended the day from across the state, including QEDSAP members, emergency department (ED) directors, and nurse unit managers (NUMs).
Attendees heard an update on the QEDSAP priority areas (care of children, care of the older person, workforce and wellbeing, quality indicators and digital hospital) which are being progressed by separate working groups.
The keynote speaker; Associate Professor Sally McCarthy, former Medical Director Emergency Care Institute, New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation, provided an overview of her experiences in New South Wales, which highlighted that similar issues were being experienced by clinicians in both states.
Workshops were held at the end of the day looking at the culture of a high performing ED, providing the best care, technology, and moving beyond time-based performance measurements.
The QEDSAP also hosted a dedicated ED Care of Children forum the day prior due to the large interest from across Queensland. This was the first time a dedicated forum was held around the care of children in the ED.