Rehabilitation services have become increasingly important in healthcare due to a greater focus on the needs of people with disability, the effects of an ageing population, medical advancements that lead to improvements in survival rates and life expectancy for people suffering serious illness and injury. Rehabilitation services remain fundamental in enhancing patients’ functional independence and play an integral role in patient flow across the health care continuum.
The Statewide Rehabilitation Clinical Network (SRbCN) was established in 2015 to engage the growing number of rehabilitation physicians, allied health and nursing professionals working in rehabilitation services. The network is comprised of Queensland clinicians working or with an interest in rehabilitation, as well as interested persons from non-government organisations. The SRbCN Steering Committee assists the Clinical Chairs to administer and lead the network and is made up of multidisciplinary clinicians, a general practitioner, and a consumer representative. The committee is co-chaired by Dr Tim Geraghty, Rehabilitation Physician at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Hospital and Health Service and Ms Kiley Pershouse, Manager, Spinal Outreach Team, Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service, Princess Alexandra Hospital. SRbCN Steering Committee Meetings are held on a monthly basis.
The role of the network
- Provide direction and leadership regarding the ongoing and future development of best practice, evidence based rehabilitation and rehabilitation services in Queensland
- Provide expertise, direction and advice to the Queensland Health executive in relation to rehabilitation and rehabilitation services
- Strengthen the provision of rehabilitation services for adult and paediatric patients through continuity of care.
- Strengthen consumer engagement in rehabilitation services.
- Improve data outputs and benchmarking by strengthening AROC data collection methodology.
- Develop a Queensland Rehabilitation Service Directory
- Support the implementation of the Statewide adult brain injury rehabilitation health service plan 2016-2026 and the Statewide adult spinal cord injury health service plan 2016-2026
Implementing the Australian Paediatric Rehabilitation Outcome Registry
The Australian Paediatric Rehabilitation Outcome Registry project was successfully completed in January 2017. The project enabled collaboration of paediatric rehabilitation services across Australia (and NZ) with the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre to develop the registry including; user acceptance testing of the database, development of supporting documentation and Australia and New Zealand facility training and support. The project was funded through the SRbCN by the Healthcare Improvement Unit, Clinical Excellence Division.
More information on Australian Paediatric Rehabilitation Outcome Registry project can be found on the Improvement exchange page.
These communiques provide updates on the work of the network and their recent achievements.
- Special edition: September 2018
- Edition 9: August 2018
- Edition 8: March 2018
- Edition 7: December 2017
- Edition 6: October 2017
- Edition 5: July 2017
- Edition 4: February 2017
- Edition 3: November 2016
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