In 2015, a consortium of specialist medical colleges, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and including the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD), delivered workshops at Port Macquarie and Hobart on telehealth.
Each workshop provided ‘hands on’ opportunities for specialists to explore telehealth technologies and to learn from their peers. The workshops were delivered in two parts:
1. Presentations from specialists on how they use telehealth
2. A demonstration of the various technologies and an opportunity to experiment with them.
The featured technologies included videoconferencing setups, imaging software, cameras, 3D printers and more.
Experimenting with these technologies was deemed to be an important step in increasing specialists’ confidence and excitement about telehealth.
Video presentations and links to resources can be found here.
Research shows that a breakdown in non-technical skills (NTS) frequently contributes to adverse outcomes. The training offered in the SAST workshops seeks to address these breakdowns, and thereby improve safety in the operating theatre and patient outcomes.
The project brings together surgeons, anaesthetists and scrub practitioners in a collaborative, cross-disciplined one day workshop, improving situational awareness, decision making, leadership, task management, communication skills and teamwork. The workshop will utilise three behavioural marker frameworks – Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS), Anaesthetists’ Non-Technical Skills (ANTS) and Scrub Practitioners’ List of Intra-operative Non-Technical Skills (SPLINTS) developed by The University of Aberdeen, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the National Health Service.
RACS delivered three one-day workshops in 2014, and is delivering a further five in 2015. As in 2014, the 2015 workshops will be delivered by a mixed craft group faculty in regional hospitals, using NOTSS, ANTS and SPLINTS behavioural marker frameworks. The group will concentrate on team work and team dynamics by exploring the behaviours outlined in the frameworks, looking at similarities and differences for each non-technical category.
While the 2014 workshops utilised video content from the NOTSS course, in 2015, new content with a more multidisciplinary focus was produced by RACS, in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), and the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN). Read more.
Improving the appropriateness of referrals for medical imaging, thereby enhancing the quality of clinical care, is an important issue around the country but is especially important in rural health where there may be more limited resources and increased patient travel time to imaging facilities.
Each of the nine clinical modules present the evidence behind the best clinical decision rules for that topic, followed by how to apply rules in practice. An interactive format is used, with numerous quizzes aimed to consolidate the theory, followed by clinical scenarios to assess understanding in practice. A smart phone app is also under development to help practitioners implement practices learned from the modules.
In 2014 and 2015, RACMA delivered eight e-debates and discussions to doctors, based on contemporary and ‘edgy issues’ that are current to health services, medical and clinical administration. The EIP was delivered online via a Learning Management System in a webinar format, and podcasts of the sessions and associated reading material are available here. The program provides doctors in medical and clinical management positions in rural and remote areas opportunities to enhance their CPD and sustain best practices in medical leadership and management. The EIP also improves networking and collegiality, provides a resource, encourages interaction and reduces the impact of professional isolation.
Each podcast runs for 1 to 1.5 hours and comprises a presentation, debate, and discussion between the presenter and other participants. Read more.
The RCPA KIMMS QAP aims to monitor the pre- and post-analytical phase of the laboratory quality systems thus extending measurement of quality to the entire quality system. The KIMMS program has been designed to provide pathology practices with the tools for continuous measurement and monitoring of key incident quality indicators. KIMMS is similar to other external quality assurance programs with one major difference, there are no samples to test. Only incident data is submitted quarterly, every year and reports issued.
The primary objective of the RCPAQAP Transfusion program is to improve the standards of performance in blood transfusion in laboratories. RCPAQAP programs provide an essential critical component for assessment of overall quality systems in blood group serology laboratories. Participating in these programs ensures laboratories have a platform for continuous improvement of their systems.
This project offers Fellows the opportunity to host a Practice Visit at their rural practice location. Project resources include two interactive e-learning modules on the Practice Visit activity. The modules provide information on how to undertake a Practice Visit, along with a training module for those who wish to become an accredited Practice Visitor.
The series of eLearning modules aims to promote a multi-disciplinary approach of particular benefit to surgeons in rural and remote locations who care for Indigenous patients. The modules focus on Indigenous-specific health issues and developing a support network to assist in resolving current and future specialist medical issues.
It is important that clinicians connect with their local community as customs vary across the country.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Learning Course is made up of three modules, interactive tools and a resource learning centre.
Communication and Consent Issues with Aboriginal Patients
‘Navigating Communication’ is designed to assist cultural awareness and understanding within Aboriginal health delivery through offering practical advice and suggestions from experts in the field and members of the Aboriginal community. ‘Navigating Communication’ is designed to encourage and enable medical practitioners to understand and communicate more successfully with Aboriginal patients and their families. Read more.
There are numerous factors that contribute to continued poor health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. One example of these is Cardiovascular Health. This resource aims to help practitioners develop strategies that may be implemented to overcome barriers and provide effective care to Indigenous Australians.
The Critically Obstructed Airway is an important clinical problem that requires immediate management. This resource provides facilitators with everything they need to run the workshop series Managing the Critically Obstructed Airway. Specialists including but not limited to anaesthesiologists, emergency medicine practitioners and physicians interested in delivering workshops on the important clinical issue of the critically obstructed airway should utilise this resource. Read more.
Culture and determinants of health underpin numerous barriers to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This series of modules begins by exploring the concept of cultural competence and the unique determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Two modules then refer specifically to aboriginal child health, reviewing developmental problems and common diseases of poverty and illnesses. The final two modules take on an adult medicine focus and examine lifestyle factors and prevention and management of chronic diseases such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. Read more.