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VMIA partners with BehaviourWorks to improve patient safety

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VMIA partners with BehaviourWorks to improve patient safety

A partnership between BehaviourWorks Australia and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) is delivering a new $1.5 million Patient Safety Research and Innovation Program to improve patient safety in public healthcare.

BehaviourWorks Australia is a leading behaviour change research enterprise within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Meanwhile, VMIA provides risk advice and insurance services for the Victorian Government and works with more than 4300 clients, including government departments, health centres, community service organisations and tertiary institutions, to improve the quality of life for the Victorian community.

The new three-year program between the two organisations will translate research into practice and focuses on improving outcomes for patients through the development and implementation of new processes and tools for use in Victorian healthcare facilities.

The research can be expected to benefit patients who may suffer preventable harm while being hospitalised through improving systems and processes using behavioural change techniques.

Researching behavioural enablers and barriers will provide better understanding of the risk factors and challenges in public health and prioritise areas for improvement.

Targeted, evidence-based interventions will be implemented across Victoria in all areas of the public healthcare system. Initial work will focus on documenting world-leading research and healthcare practices to identify the best opportunities for improvements to Victorian health services.

This program highlights government commitment to continuous improvement in our healthcare system, for the benefit of Victorian patients and their families.

Other harm preventive initiatives supported by VMIA investment have had a measurable impact on patients and patient families. For example, the introduction of a multi-professional obstetrics training program (PROMPT) and foetal surveillance have resulted in fewer incidents for mothers and their new babies.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to be involved in this newly launched program," said Associate Professor Liam Smith, director of BehaviourWorks Australia.

"Translating research into practice is a key goal for many academics, and we are looking forward to working in partnership with VMIA to use current behaviour change approaches to deliver meaningful outcomes in health and research.”

“As the State’s insurer, VMIA is pleased to be investing in initiatives to prevent and reduce harm to Victorian families," added VMIA Chief Executive, Colin Radford.

"Our commitment to this research program allows us to draw on the expertise of academics, healthcare professionals and the insurance industry, to make a real difference," he said.