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Current Projects


Partnerships in Aged-Care Emergency services using Interactive Telehealth (PACE-IT) incorporating telehealth visual assessment, information sharing and decision making for people living in residential aged-care facilities (RACF) 

This project aims to reduce unnecessary RACF resident presentations to Emergency Department and hospital admissions, strengthen partnerships and decision making between EDs and RACFs, improve communication and increase the skill and confidence of RACF staff and ensure care is delivered by the right person in the right place, and in a timely manner. 

The project builds on the pilot project completed at John Hunter Hospital in 2018. 

Team Members: 

Ms Carla Sunner, Assoc Prof Michelle Giles, Dr Maralyn Foureur, Dr Carolyn Hullick, Ms Roslyn Barker, Ms Jenny Rutherford, Prof Vicki Parker, Dr Rod Ling, Dr Christopher Oldmeadow, Ms Kathryn Cain, Ms Melissa Jolliffe, Ms Miriam Eaton, Dr Se Ok Ohr, Ms Jean Ball, Ms Sophie Dilworth, Ms Kamana Bantawa 

Funding: NSW Health Translational Research Grant Scheme (TRGS) ​$751,000.​

Efficacy of normalisation of Advance Care Planning for people with chronic disease in acute and community settings

This study aims to address how ACP can be normalised into practice, and if normalising ACP has an increase of 'planning ahead' practices in acute and community settings. The study intervention will involve 'normalisation agents' – a ward/unit ACP expert – to normalise ACP into practice in nominated wards/units in acute and community settings for 6 months.

Team Members:

Mr Peter Cleasby, Dr Se Ok Ohr, Dr Tomiko Barrett, Professor Sally Chan, Dr Peter Saul, Mr Michael David, Ms Helen Fairlamb

Funding: NSW Health T​ranslational Research Grant Scheme (TRGS) Round 2 $491,584​

The HealthTracker Project

Tracking surgical site infection post caesarean section through post hospital discharge surveillance. 

This project aims to more accurately identify post Caesarean Section surgical site infection (CS SSI) with improved access to data, establishing a baseline and ongoing monitoring across HNELHD. This in turn will stimulate action from health services aimed at preventing post CS SSI. The proposed "Healthtracker" surveillance system facilitates active patient-reported SSI identification through an automated SMS linking women to an individualised online SSI survey. 

Team members: 

Assoc Prof. Michelle Giles,  Dr Se Ok Ohr, Ms Sally Munnoch, Ms Mandy Hunter, Mr Jeff Deane, Prof. Maralyn Foureur, Assoc Profession John Ferguson, Mr Patrick Cashman, Dr Andrew Woods, Dr Christopher Oldmeadow

Funding: HNELHD Improvement Project Grant $26,378

Other Projects supported by the NMRC

To improve the Quality of Life (QOL) of children, Adolescents and carers affected by severe eczema by piloting a new model of care (MoC) for managing children and adolescents.

The project aims to pilot a revised model of care (MoC) for the management of children and adolescents (0-16 years) with severe eczema. The MoC will consist of an integrated, coordinated multidisciplinary, multimodal approach to the management of severe eczema. This integrative, comprehensive approach will increase compliance to and effectiveness of treatment(s), resulting in improved patient and family outcomes.     The project is partnered with patients/families to provide assessment of eczema, associated food allergy and other atopic conditions. It will provide extensive education and support to facilitate adherence to treatment and improve patient outcomes. 

Team Members:

Dr Rani Bhatia, Dr John Relic, Ms Jan Belcher, Ms Emily Easman, Ms Michelle Perrin

Increasing capacity to manage young people with mental health concerns at Emergency Department 

An integrated approach to physical and mental health of young people is required at all acute hospitals including in ED. By having a system and training health professionals at ED manage young people with mental health issues appropriately  may reduce stigma associated with mental health and allow a 'whole person' perspective which is what service users and carers want. This project aimed to assess how newly developed clinical pathway called KALMs pathway to improve patient's journey at ED such as reduction of length of stay at ED, increased satisfaction of patients and parents and increase capacity of paediatric registrars to conduct mental health assessments.  

Team Members:

Dr Balkarishna Nagarekar, Ms Jackie Townsend, Ms Rachael Comeford