The Far West Local Health District congratulates staff members Georgina Drewery and Michael Spencer who were awarded a Graduate Certificate (Clinical Redesign) from the ACI (Agency for Clinical Innovation) Centre for HealthCare Redesign School at a ceremony in Sydney on 14 December 2018.
Their graduation project was titled: ‘Better Cardiac Care for Aboriginal People’ Burlu Kirra Kirra/NA’ which aims to improve patient outcomes for Aboriginal people with cardiac conditions in Far West LHD, starting with the Broken Hill catchment region, by providing access to a cultural specific program in the identified communities.
Prior to the project implementation there was no cultural specific Aboriginal Cardiac Rehabilitation program in the LHD. The need was identified as there was poor attendance and completion by Aboriginal people with the current mainstream program at the Broken Hill Health Service.
The project included extensive consultation with consumers which showed that local Aboriginal people wanted an Aboriginal specific cardiac rehabilitation program in the community and Broken Hill Health Service. Implementation of this project will commence in early 2019.
You can find out more about the project on the ACI website at https://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/ie/projects/better-cardiac-care-for-aboriginal-people
The ACI CHR School supports the efforts to continue to build capability for system-wide design and improvement. Local health services should be commended for continuously investing in their people to learn new skills and methods of collaborative working that can drive change and improvements across every sector of healthcare. The certificate is conferred through the University of Tasmania.
Far West LHD ACI Centre for HealthCare Redesign (CHR) School graduates Georgina Drewery (District Nurse Manager Integrated Care for People with Chronic Conditions) and Michael Spencer (Aboriginal Health Worker, Integrated Chronic Complex Care Team).