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Medibank Heart Health at Home

A unique remotely delivered cardiac rehabilitation program called Medibank Heart Health at Home is being piloted for members across Australia. The program is delivered remotely via personalised telephone consultations with a cardiac rehabilitation health professional (such as a cardiac nurse or physiotherapist) and enabled via an evidence-based[1] mobile digital application developed by the CSIRO, called Cardihab.

 

If your practice has patients that you believe would be suitable for the Medibank Heart Health at Home program, please advise them of their options. You can refer the patient, or they can self-enrol into the program by calling the Medibank Heart Health at Home line on 1300 307 440 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm AEST) or email HeartHealthatHome@medibank.com.au

 

For more information please visit https://www.medibank.com.au/hearthealth

 

[1] Varnfield, M., et al., Smartphone-based home care model improved use of cardiac rehabilitation in post myocardial infarction patients: results from a randomised controlled trial. Heart, 2014. 100(22): p. 1770-9.

Giving small businesses a say on equal pay

The Victorian Government is calling on small to medium businesses (SMEs) to take part in new research into gender pay equity in the workplace.

Small businesses face their own set of unique issues when trying to address gender pay equity. The Government is interested in speaking to a range of different SMEs across a number of industries.

You do not need to know anything at all about gender pay equity to take part. Regardless of your level of knowledge, your input is valuable.

The views and experiences of a broad range of workers at SMEs is of interest, including:

  • owner-managers, senior managers, human resources managers, entry level employees, junior employees and mid-tier employees
  • people with disabilities, people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, people on temporary visas, LGBTIQ+ people, people from regional and rural locations, and people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is carrying out this research and will host focus groups in Melbourne and across Victoria.

The focus groups and consultations will occur during March and April 2020. Incentive payments will be provided for participants.

To register your interest and receive more information about session dates and locations, email Industrial Relations Victoria

Insomnia Mobile App Study Trial

A group of University of Sydney researchers are looking to recruit GPs based in metropolitan Sydney for a new trial using a mobile app called SleepFix to treat insomnia. There is evidence SleepFix can improve clinical insomnia and the researchers want to test this in primary care settings. There is minimal time commitment – researchers are looking for insomnia patients and GPs only need to complete a 3-question patient eligibility checklist. GPs will be reimbursed $50 for each patient who downloads the app. For more information, please contact Melissa or Paula on (02) 9114 0481 or email woolcock.sleepfix@sydney.edu.au

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) - General Practice Accreditation Coordinating Committee

General practice accreditation is voluntary in Australia and is designed to support implementation of processes and systems to improve the quality of care for patients attending accredited general practices. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) develops the Standards for General Practices against which practices are assessed for accreditation. The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme) supports the consistent assessment of Australian general practices against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practice.  The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), in collaboration with the RACGP, developed the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, which commenced on 1 January 2017.

The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme:

•  provides greater choice for general practices seeking accreditation

•  improves support programs for implementation of accreditation

•  includes access to national de-identified data on accreditation performance to enable practices to benchmark themselves.

The General Practice Accreditation Coordinating Committee (the Coordinating Committee) has been established to provide oversight and input on issues relating to the implementation and assessment of the RACGP Standards for general practices as part of the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme. The Committee provides oversight to the coordination of general practice accreditation by:

•  Identifying issues of concern to the RACGP, the Commission, general practices, the Department, accrediting agencies and other relevant bodies relating to the implementation of the General Practice Accreditation Scheme

•  Discussing and identifying actions the members can take to progress these issues

•  Recommending actions to be progressed by the RACGP, the Commission or accrediting agencies

•  Working collaboratively to implement agreed strategies, processes and/or solutions

•  Reviewing and interpreting accreditation outcomes data

•  Reviewing accreditation evidence data that is collected and reported

•  Providing input into the accrediting agency approval process and the accrediting agency performance review process

•  Identifying opportunities to achieve consistency of accreditation processes and, if appropriate, making recommendations for improvement to the relevant body or organisation with responsibility

•  Providing a network for sharing of information on regulatory policies and processes, professional issues, standards for accreditation and the General Practice Accreditation Scheme

•  Reporting on de-identified general practice accreditation outcome information to the Department

•  Providing oversight to any appeals processes.

•  Identifying opportunities to engage consumers and seek feedback to enhance the accreditation process.

The current term for this work started in June 2019 and is now due to end on 31 December 2020.  This is likely to be ongoing work, with a new two-year term to be confirmed by end of year.   The work consists of three teleconferences (two hour long).  A schedule of meetings will be agreed with Members prior to the beginning of each calendar year. The meetings are expected to take place at 1.30pm on 23 June 2020, 17 September 2020 and 10 December 2020.  Please note that sitting fees, travel, accommodation and related expenses will be paid by the Commission.  

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEST on Sunday 26 April 2020. Interested consumer representatives will need to:

•  Complete a CHF nomination form available online at https://chf.org.au/representation/forms/consumer-representative-nomination-form

•   Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers

•  Attach a short CV (no longer than two pages) in pdf format which may be forwarded to the ASQHC.

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at g.martin@chf.org.au  should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEST on Sunday 26 April 2020.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - Multipurpose Services Project Advisory Committee

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is a government agency that leads and coordinates national improvements in safety and quality in health care across Australia. The Commission’s main functions include the development and maintenance of standards, and the development and coordination of models of accreditation.

It is mandatory for the acute care and sub-acute services of multipurpose services to be accredited to the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Residential aged care services provided in multipurpose services are not required to be accredited to either the NSQHS Standards or the Residential Aged Care Accreditation Standards (the Accreditation Standards). This has been identified as a safety and quality gap.

The Commission have launched the NSQHS Standards (second edition), which will apply across a broader range of health service organisations than first edition of the NSQHS Standards. However, the Accreditation Standards cover a number of activities not within the safety and quality scope of these standards, such as independence and recreational activities.  The Multipurpose Services Project aims to improve safety and quality and accreditation processes in all sections of multipurpose services, including aged care. The project will investigate options for addressing duplication of accreditation in multipurpose services, including the option of using a modified second edition of the NSQHS Standards.

This project will involve consultation with multipurpose service stakeholders to identify safety and quality issues and a preferred strategy to address these issues. Piloting of the preferred strategy will be undertaken and approval will be sought from the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) for the implementation of this strategy.  This project will build on previous work on accreditation in multipurpose services undertaken by the Commission and jurisdictions. Out of scope for this project are services such as community health, stand-alone residential aged care facilities or community services that are not part of a multipurpose service. The project is scheduled to run until December 2019. 

To undertake this work the Commission has established the Multipurpose Services Project Advisory Committee for which they seek consumer representation.  The appointment will run from March 2020 to December 2021.  The work consists of three teleconferences, the next teleconference is anticipated to take place on Monday 6 April 2020.  Please note that sitting fees will be paid by the Commission for this work.  

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEDT on Sunday 22 March 2020. Interested consumer representatives will need to:

•  Complete a CHF nomination form available online 

•  Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers

•  Attach a short CV (no longer than two pages) in pdf format which if nominated may be forwarded to the ASQHC.

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at g.martin@chf.org.au  should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEDT on Sunday 22 March 2020.

Medical Practice Assisting (MPA) Conference

Delivered by industry experts, the Medical Practice Assisting (MPA) Conference will explore the role and scope of practice of Medical Practice Assistants and offer unique insights into this expanding field of primary health care. Conference participants will enjoy opportunities to listen, learn, interact and network with like-minded peers from across Australia, and view the latest trade displays. Held from 20-21 March 2020 in Newcastle, the conference is presented by the Hunter New England & Central Coast Primary Health Network in conjunction with UNE Partnerships and the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM). Click here to register

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