Allied Health Link Round Up Blog – July 2022
We here at AHSS always find time to keep our audience up to date with all things allied health! With that being said, here is our monthly LINK ROUND UP BLOG!
Featuring DIGITAL HEALTH & INNOVATIONS this month..
Why is digital technology important in healthcare?
Healthcare professionals see and feel the need to switch to digital but often they don’t have the tools for this shift. Check out these useful resources & learn more about Digital Health…
New digital health hub to drive innovation
Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Director, RMIT Digital Health Hub, said, “The COVID pandemic has resulted in a rapid acceleration of innovations in the health sector, but it is just the beginning. It takes a multi-sectorial approach to co-designing solutions to today’s health and care problems and the Digital Health Hub will play a key role in the development, testing and implementation of new innovations to support citizen health and wellness goals in the home and the community.”
RMIT University, along with industry partners, has launched a new hub to drive digital health innovation to support healthcare transformation and citizen health in Australia and internationally.
Aged Care Technology Consortium launched for coordinated senior care
- Several health technology companies in Australia have banded together to integrate their systems to demonstrate coordinated care in residential aged care facilities and home care settings.
The Aged Care Technology Consortium brought together six founding members: Webstercare, Extensia, Foxo, Visionflex, MEDrefer and Humanetix.
These companies are providers of technologies for communications, workflow and administration, telehealth and remote monitoring, referrals, medication management, and health information sharing. They have also demonstrated interoperability with existing IT infrastructures of aged care providers.
WHY IT MATTERS
Their collaboration offers a solution to the Australian aged care sector’s disjointed systems marked by the lack of information sharing between facilities and even within organisations themselves.
Based on a press statement, their benefits to the sector include:
- preventing unnecessary transfers to hospital emergency departments;
- early identification of health needs;
- improved services in rural and remote areas;
- more staff time for patient care;
- better engagement with families; and
- patient control of their information.
First-of-Its-Kind Partnership Provides Free Access to Digital Mental Health Treatments for All Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients in the United Kingdom
Newly diagnosed cancer patients across the United Kingdom (UK) are now able to easily access innovative and effective treatments to support their mental health thanks to a new partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and digital therapeutics company Big Health, makers of Sleepio and Daylight[i]. The partnership delivers on a shared vision to address the growing need to provide rapid, equitable mental health support to newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Healthcare Technology Trends and Digital Innovations in 2022
Over the last decade, technologies have been driving healthcare industry through various innovations in how we find, prevent, and cure diseases. This shouldn’t have happened without the massive growth of AI-driven technologies and digitization of healthcare workflows, as a response to more savage global conditions, as well as the rising demand on accessible and quality medical service.
As we press on into the future, it’s critical to remain mindful of the trends driving healthcare technology in 2022. Although legacy software and infrastructure is critical to the success of modern hospitals and care centers, it’s important that we consider how those systems can integrate with newer technologies or how they may eventually be replaced with more reliable systems. The focus should be on improving performance, productivity, efficiency, and security without sacrificing reliability or accessibility.
If you’re ready to explore the tech innovations driving the healthcare industry towards digital transformation this year, let’s take a look at the most important technologies that have the potential to transform your organization.
Development of a Digital Health Capability Framework for Allied Development of a Digital Health Capability Framework for Allied Health Practitioners: An Australian First Health Practitioners: An Australian First
The value of digital health technologies and their contribution to high-quality and safe clinical care and enhanced health patient experience and outcomes is well established. Digital health technologies are increasingly being used by Victorian allied health professionals (AHPs) in routine service delivery, the uptake of which has been significantly accelerated by the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Read the full article here.
Meaningful patient and public involvement in digital health innovation, implementation and evaluation: A systematic review
The importance of meaningfully involving patients and the public in digital health innovation is widely acknowledged, but often poorly understood. This review, therefore, sought to explore how patients and the public are involved in digital health innovation and to identify factors that support and inhibit meaningful patient and public involvement (PPI) in digital health innovation, implementation and evaluation.
To be up to date in the paediatrics space, take a look at these resources.
Ongoing telehealth – Strengthening primary care
From 1 January 2022, telehealth services introduced in response to COVID-19 will be ongoing. Eligible patients all around Australia will continue to have access to GP, nursing, midwifery and allied health services via telehealth where the health professional deems it clinically appropriate.
Check out their compiled resources here.
Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine – Digital Health Resources
There are real opportunities to achieve higher standards of healthcare in rural and remote Australia through the increased and integrated use of digital health solutions. Digital health can improve equitable access to health services and support patients in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of their health and wellbeing.
With that being said, ACRRM collated a list of resources.
My Health Record in allied health
They have collated resources for allied healthcare professionals. The page contains information for allied health professionals looking to register for My Health Record and learn more about the system.
Visit the resources here!
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ALLIED HEALTH EVENTS
16th National Rural Health Conference
If you are interested in healthy, sustainable and resilient rural communities, this conference will be of interest to you. Whether you are a consumer, a health professional, student, researcher, or manager you will be able to engage with people and topics of interest to you.
The theme of this year’s conference, ‘Bridging social distance; rural health innovating and collaborating’, provides an opportunity for over 600 like-minded health professionals, researchers and policymakers to participate in plenary and concurrent sessions showcasing innovative and collaborative research projects and programs that ultimately aim to improve health outcomes for rural communities.
The National Rural Health Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for information and inspiration about rural and remote health and wellbeing.
Date: 02 – 04 August 2022 (Brisbane,QLD)
23rd International Mental Health Conference
The International Mental Health Conference is a world-class forum for you to collaborate with national and international mental health leaders, while gaining tools to improve your approach to client care.
Join the event to:
- Address key challenges facing mental health and the emerging workforce
- Discover the latest in policy and practice reform
- Gain a greater understanding of international and national prevention and early intervention projects
- Cross examine opportunities and challenges in mental health services and support
- Identify mental health care gaps, and how to bridge them
- Explore lessons learnt in pivoting during and post-disaster
- Hear from lived-experience speakers, and discover how we can use insight to co-design and improve services and support
Date: 05 – 07 September 2022 (Gold Coast Convention Centre QLD)
Allied Health Professions Day
Allied Health Professionals Day (AHPs Day) began in the UK in 2018 after a dietitian and speech/language therapist had the idea of an allied health appreciation day. The idea received huge support both from allied health leaders and colleagues on social media – and so AHPs Day was born.
The aims of this movement are twofold – to bring allied health professionals together to celebrate the work they love doing, and to raise the profile of allied health professionals and the important role they play in health and social care systems. This is achieved by allied health professionals coming together, both in workplace events and online, to share their stories, highlight their achievements, and promote their value.
Date: 14 October (International Event)
Sounds~Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This four day intensive course offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential and explicit; all of which are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell. Progressing through Initial Code to Extended Code, the training includes clearly structured, easy to follow lesson plans, a complete program, manual and printable resources. Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all year levels who have fallen behind with their reading and spelling from Year 3 onwards.
Date: 29 August 2022 (St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary school – 6 Fryer Street North Ward QLD)
National Disability Summit
The 13th Annual National Disability Summit will return this year on the 15-16 August 2022. The conference will continue the discussion and review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disability and their families to maximise independence and participation by creating greater choice.
This passionate audience is broken down into NDIS services providers, community care organisations, state & federal government agencies, council organizations nationwide, NDIS representatives, independent carers, aged care facilities, aged care providers and many more in a knowledge sharing environment.
Topics to be addressed include:
Regulating, Unregulated NDIS providers
Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness: what you need to know
Achieving Quality Person-Centred Care
Accessing support with regional, rural, and remote regions
Dreaming big: Using the NDIS to create a good life
Scheme Sustainability and the Operation of the NDIA
Reimagining Disability through Co-Design
The new Australian Disability Strategy 2021 – 2031
System interface for younger people with disability and aged care
Addressing the Inconsistency within NDIS: What can we do to prevent this from happening in the future?
NDIS Appeals and High-Profile Cases
Improving NDIS accessibility for all
Supporting our leaders to lead
Nothing about us without us: we’re not there yet
Ensuring efficacy and safety when delivering therapy services virtually
Improving NDIS Access Barriers for People with Psychosocial Disability
How Participation in Sports can Open Pathways to Employment & Education
Happening August 15th – 16th, 2022!
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