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Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

New Funds Boost Research Into Impact Of Home Health Care

Victor P Taffa

A State Government funding boost of $145,000 will kick-start Research into Improving Home Health Care Options and Reducing Emergency Department (ED) Waiting Times and Admissions, Health Minister Kim Hames announced today.

Dr. Hames said 16 teams would share almost $2 Million of Research Funding through the 2010 State Health Research Advisory Council’s (SHRAC) Research Translation Project Awards.

“Although Paramedics are expected to Transport Patients to an ED, alternative Care Options could be implemented for many patients with non-life-threatening conditions.” the Minister said.

“Instead of Transporting these Patients to EDs by Ambulance, Researchers will Develop a Process for St. John Ambulance Australia (WA) to refer them to the Silver Chain Nursing Association’s Home Hospital Service.”

Based at Edith Cowan University’s Systems Intervention Research Centre for Health, the Project Team will be led by Associate Professor Moira Sim.

The Project will be trialled among patients who live in the Northern Metropolitan Area who request an Ambulance.

The Home Hospital Service is the Centrepiece of the Liberal-National Government’s $132 Million Friend in Need Emergency (FINE) commitment and aims to reduce Hospital Presentations for those patients who can be treated safely in the community.

The Program has meant that more than 600 Patients each day can be treated in their own Home, reducing Pressure on EDs and freeing up Public Hospital Beds.

The Minister said the winning projects aimed to improve Health Outcomes for all West Australians.

“The Front-line Health Staff who have identified these issues and proposed innovative strategies to address them effectively are to be applauded.” Dr. Hames said.

Other topics to be investigated by funding from the Research Translation Projects include:

  • Improving Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease;
  • New Rehabilitation Care Models for Acquired Brain Injury Patients;
  • Assessing a New Diagnosis Method for Peanut Allergy;
  • Improving the Detection and Diagnosis of Septicaemia;
  • New Treatment Options for Stroke Patients;
  • Investigating Less Invasive Methods of Preventing Respiratory Distress in Pre-term Infants;
  • New Coronary Assessment and Diagnosis Techniques;
  • Improving Rural and Remote Ultrasound Services;
  • Improving the Health of Children with Cystic Fibrosis.
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