Twenty representatives from Queensland rural and remote hospitals met in Brisbane on 15 October 2018, for a workshop focused on supporting specialist outpatient and elective surgery management. A range of topics were covered, including waiting list management and policy, systems and reporting, focus sessions, as well as mentoring session attended by metropolitan-based staff. The mentoring session helped build invaluable partnerships to promote consistent and coordinated care.
We heard about a range of statewide initiatives aimed at improving access to services:
- Clinical Prioritisation Criteria
- Operating Theatre Efficiency
- Integrated Referral Management System
- Electronic Booking System.
Staff were also given the opportunity to explore—and collaborate on—the complexities associated with providing care in geographically remote areas.
Sharon Edwards, Perioperative Nurse Educator, South West Hospital and Health Service, described the day as a great opportunity to collaborate and learn. She said the workshop targeted real issues for rural and remote health services, resolved many challenges that could not have been achieved in isolation, and increased connectedness through the sharing of similar experiences.
Email SIP@health.qld.gov.au for more information.