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Annual report 2009 - 2010



Annual report 2009 - 2010

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Department of Health and Families


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Department Health and Families 37 The Chief Ministers Youth Round Table has conducted a number of research projects in 2009-10 including: Drink and Driving Report; Public Entertainment, Graffiti and Street art project; Youth Engagement and Awareness project; Empowering youth; and Young Fathers. The Community Services Program Network has been established as a collaboration between Aged and Disability, Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs, Mental Health Services, NT Families and Children and Aboriginal Community Organisations. It has been focusing on innovative approaches to providing care and support for adolescents with high level needs due to past trauma and complex health issues. Signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Northern Territory and Western Australian Governments to provide health service delivery to the people of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. A meeting was held between the Health Chief Executives of Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland to discuss progressing matters of common interest across the three Northern Australian jurisdictions. General Practitioner (GP) Proceduralist training has been developed and assigned with six rural GP positions commencing January 2011. Areas available for training include obstetrics, anaesthetics and emergency medicine. Advertised the Top End Aero Medical Service tender in December 2009. Evaluation of this tender is progressing and should be completed by October 2010. The Department is being assisted during this tender process by a probity auditor and aviation adviser. An interim aero medical service provider has been contracted to provide services to rural and remote communities across the Top End from 1 July 2010. The interim provider will be in place until the new contract is awarded. A Business Plan for Specialist Outreach Services Northern Territory incorporating existing services and new services under Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program Indigenous Chronic Disease has been finalised and submitted to Department of Health and Ageing along with an Annual Project Plan. This plan is currently being implemented. Client resources have been developed comprising a DVD about the Elective Surgery journey which has been translated into 11 of the most common Aboriginal languages and an Educational Flip Chart for use by health professionals to explain to Aboriginal patients the elective surgery process and key points. A further DVD has also been produced which will educate hospital based health professionals about how they can make the elective surgery journey less traumatic for Aboriginal people. These resources will be finalised, produced and then rolled out across the Territory by June 2011 and will include the provision of portable DVD players for Community Centres and Clinics. National initiatives in improving access to elective surgery services are ongoing in the Northern Territory. The Territory succeeded in reaching its throughput targets in the first two reporting periods under the Stage 3 Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan National Partnership Agreement and will receive the associated reward funding. One of the outcomes includes a 20% decrease in the number of patients waiting for elective surgery who are currently overdue. This is an excellent outcome demonstrating improved access to elective surgery in the Northern Territory. Bonus payments are being utilised to continue to support growth in elective surgery including improvements in timeliness for procedures. Implementation of the Cardiac Services review has begun through supply of additional exercise stress testing machines and staff to facilitate the testing and administration process. The Royal Darwin Hospital team provides extra support to Alice Springs due to recruitment difficulties. In addition, procurement is underway for the development of a Northern Territory Specialist Cardiac Services Plan that will provide the detail of service expansion needs in the Northern Territory for specialist cardiac services and provide expert costing advice for implementation of these services. Full implementation of the Chronic Disease Coordination Unit based at Royal Darwin Hospital will continue to improve the discharge planning process for patients with complex needs.

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