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Showcase 2020

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Curtain closes on day two

  • 6 March 2020

That's all folks! Clinical Excellence Showcase 2020 has officially come to a close and what a close it was! The Great Debate saw out the event once again with our stellar line-up debating whether hospitals as we know them will cease to exist in 50 years' time.

But in keeping with our theme.. let us start at the beginning!

Our special Women in Healthcare segment to mark Queensland's Women's Week celebrated the work going on and being led by women at the PA Hospital. Breast cancer patients are benefiting from Deep Inspiration Breath Hold or DIBH which reduces the radiation dose affecting the heart during radiation therapy. Based on international studies, results indicate it is effective at protecting the heart. Importantly, the project also captured feedback from consumers on the DIBH method at three different stages of their treatment to make sure it was comfortable and not causing any anxiety or stress.

In another example of patient-centred care, the PA Hospital is also using their solid digital capacity to obtain more meaningful patient feedback through their electronic actionable patient perspectives, or eAPP. Professor Keith McNeil, Acting Deputy Director-General Clinical Excellence Queensland said it was a fantastic example of harnessing data and turning into useful information accessible in real-time.

Highlights from our concurrent sessions included:

  • Improving access to Hep C diagnoses and treatment in southeast Queensland's prison population through a nurse-led model. With funding from the Nurse Navigator Initiative the service is reducing the need for secure transfers to specialist consults, which are both timely and costly.
  • Queensland Ambulance Service's presentation lifted the crowd, discussing how they are better supporting people in a mental health crisis with their new co-responder model.
  • In an amazingly simple but effective public health initiative, Metro North pharmacists are administering influenza vaccinations to high-risk outpatients, with most reporting they never would have had the vaccination otherwise. Thereby increasing their protection from the flu and increasing community vaccination rates.
  • An Excellence Award winner, it was no surprise Townsville's BabyCam initiative proved popular. The use of inexpensive technology is a game-changer for families with babies in neonatal care and has potential for use in other specialist areas.
  • Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff from Metro South – such a simple way to remove non-value adding activities at work. So good in fact, it took out the Contagion Award for a project most likely to be spread to another site.

So, back to the Debate – removing the personal digs between opponents, each team came up with interesting and thought-provoking ideas of what the future would hold – personalised, technology-driven medicine embedded in our brain with a little chip, futuristic hospitals, overall improvements to wellbeing to reduce hospital burden. But in the end.. the winner as determined by Keith McNeil: Affirmative Team – that is, hospitals WILL cease to exist within 50 years! What do you think?

Other award winners:

  • Best Presentation – Queensland Ambulance Service’s Stop. Collaborate and Listen!
  • Consumer’s Choice – dual winners – Children’s Health Queensland’s Gender Clinic and North West’s Multipurpose Health Centre Integrated Model of Care Project

We’d like to thank all concurrent speakers, our plenary presenters, corporate sponsors Hesta and Clinical Skills Development Service, and of course – you – the delegates and supporters of healthcare innovation and improvement. We sincerely hope you leave inspired and motivated and ready to bring about positive change. And if you need help along the way, drop us a line CEQ-Engage@health.qld.gov.au.