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ECU awarded $145,000 to explore home care

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Moira Sim and her team at ECU’s Systems Intervention Research Centre for Health (SIRCH) who have recently been awarded $145,000 through the State Health Research Advisory Council Research Translation Projects 09/10 to test home care options for patients.

The joint project between ECU, the University of Western Australia, St John Ambulance and Silver Chain, will see paramedics called to the scene of an incident to assess whether a patient can be treated at home rather than taken to hospital.

If the patient can be treated at home, they will be given an assessment by Silver Chain Home Hospital for in home care. If not suitable, they will be treated as usual and the outcomes between these two conditions will be compared.

Professor Sim hopes the study will help improve healthcare in Western Australia by finding ways to reduce hospital wait times.

“In today’s world when an ambulance is called to the home it normally results in transport to the hospital, where the patient joins the queue in our busy Emergency Departments (ED).”

“The present lack of alternative pathways for paramedics who are called to the scene contributes to a significant number of unnecessary transports to ED on a daily basis, adding to waiting times for patients and ambulance queuing and diversions,” said Professor Sim.

“We hope that by doing the study, we can find ways to reduce the pressure on ED services and contribute to ambulance resource availability.”

For more information on the study, email Professor Sim at m.sim@ecu.edu.au

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