The Burns Service is the first of its kind in Australia, allowing families to make a choice about how and where they will receive their care.
Children with deep partial-thickness and full thickness burns require complex post-surgical techniques to minimise scarring, improve healing, reduce contractures, maximise range of movement, and ultimately reduce complications requiring additional surgical procedures, provided by specialist occupational therapy (OT) services. Rehabilitation can be a stressful time for families, made more stressful when travel is required to receive interventions pivotal to their child’s recovery.
This model transfers the primary treating clinician role for burn rehabilitation from paediatric surgeon to the occupational therapist (OT). Children are reviewed by the surgeon only if there is are clinical indicators they require surgical intervention. Consultations are delivered by telehealth within the family’s home, or arranged at the closest health facility or Aboriginal Health Facility, via telehealth.
The project won the Delivering Healthcare Category at the 2018 Queensland Health Awards for Excellence.