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.
Research shows that a breakdown in non-technical skills (NTS) frequently contributes to adverse outcomes. The training offered in the SAST workshops addressed these breakdowns, and thereby improved safety in the operating theatre and patient outcomes.
This project brought together surgeons, anaesthetists and scrub practitioners for eight one day workshops between 2014 and 2015. These were collaborative, cross-disciplined workshops, improving situational awareness, decision making, leadership, task management, communication skills and teamwork. They utilised 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.
The below videos were used during these workshops. They were 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 were current to health services, medical and clinical administration. Some of this content may now be out of date, however the topics remain relevant across regional, rural and remote Australia.
The EIP was delivered online via a Learning Management System in a webinar format, and videos of the sessions are available here. The program provided 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 reduced the impact of professional isolation.
Each video runs for 1 to 1.5 hours and comprises a presentation, debate, and discussion between the presenter and other participants.
The RCPA KIMMS QAP has now ended so this course content is out of date and no longer available.
It aimed 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 was designed to provide pathology practices with the tools for continuous measurement and monitoring of key incident quality indicators. KIMMS was 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 focus of the RCPAQAP eLearning modules was on the interpretation and application of EQA report data in addressing specific areas for quality improvement. The modules were designed so that they may serve as an ongoing reference for pathologists and Trainees.
This project has now ended, however there may be other opportunities to do a practice visit through RANZCP.
This project offered Fellows the opportunity to host a Practice Visit at their rural practice location. Project resources included two interactive e-learning modules on the Practice Visit activity. The modules provided 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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this resource may contain images of people who have died.
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.