Seminar resources

Using Patient Reported Outcomes to Impact Change

Friday 9 November 2018 – Program

Health services now recognise the importance of Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs). They can be used to assess the effectiveness of treatments, and whether they pro-vide good return on investment. From a patient-centred care perspective, PROs can be used to actively engage patients in their disease management, and are increas-ingly being used to promote self-management by target-ing education and support services.

This seminar explores how PROs are being collected in real-world clinical settings, and how they are being used to improve the quality of care provided to patients. Pre-sented by Monash University and the Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety (CRE-PS), this educational seminar will be run by experienced leaders in Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) collection.

This seminar is designed for all healthcare professionals who want to learn more about how PROs are being used to impact change in Australian healthcare settings.

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Young People in Residential Aged Care: Time to Act

Friday 31 August 2018 – Program

There are about 6,000 people under the age of 65 years living in Residential Aged Care Services (RACS) across Australia. The vast majority have a moderate to severe level of disability from conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or intellectual impairment. They experience severe social isolation and rarely engage in recreational or social activities; they also do not receive the same clinical care as their able-bodied peers.

It is widely acknowledged that RACS are not designed nor equipped to take care of this group of highly vulnerable people and that there is an urgent need to develop alternative care models. Despite this, 2,000 people under the age of 65 years continue to be admitted to RACS every year. This places Australia in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which states that all people with a disability should have “the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others…”

The seminar explores why this situation continues, what initiatives are in place to change the status quo and what can be done to better enable young people in RACS to have a better quality of life.

Presented by Monash University, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Summer Foundation, this educational forum will be run by experienced leaders in the field of disability, aged care, law and policy.

This forum is designed for aged care workers, nurses, managers and, healthcare professionals who want to know more–about policy, practice and what the future may hold.

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Protecting the rights, choices and freedoms of older people living in residential aged care facilities

Friday 15 June 2018 – Program

The United Nations General Assembly has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This is one day in the year when the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people. On this day in 2018, we are holding our 'Protecting the rights, choices and freedoms of older people living in residential aged care facilities' seminar to highlight this important issue.

This seminar will present a range of information about the different aspects of elder abuse, the challenges, ethical and forensic aspects. This will enhance the aged care sector’s ability to develop innovative approaches to improving care that is designed to respect and enhance the interest of the older person.We have a diverse line up of speakers including a coroner, forensic pathologist, the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and Susan Alberti AC.

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Overcoming the challenges of managing chronic diseases in persons with dementia

Friday 23 February 2018 – Program

Health services are increasingly facing the challenges of delivering effective health care to persons with dementia who also have other chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus, heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease. The cornerstone of optimal management of any chronic disease requires effective patient self-management especially for people with dementia who have specific care needs and require a tailored approach.

This seminar provides information about the diagnosis of cognitive impairment, an understanding of their cognitive abilities and novel ways to assist with self-management. This is essential knowledge in contemporary practice that enables clinicians to recognise and manage common co-morbidities in persons with dementia in ambulatory settings. The seminar also describes why sub-optimal self-management occurs due to the different types of cognitive impairment; highlights common clinical risks; and equips clinicians in the field with strategies to support persons with dementia and chronic diseases.

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