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Date:2008-11; Date of issue: October-November 2008; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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OCTOBER ~ NOVEMBER 2008 CQI FORUM: AMSANT has identified implementation of high quality evidence based continuous quality improvement (CQI) programs in member services as a key strategy in improving indigenous health outcomes. We are in the process of setting up a specific program on this issue. AMSANT held a two-day meeting on CQI with member services in April 2008. The meeting was well-attended, with nearly all services sending at least one clinician to the workshop. Presenters came from a variety of backgrounds and settings including clinicians from ACCHSs (nurses, GPs, Aboriginal Health Workers), but also researchers and specialist CQI program staff. Clinical presenters particularly focused on how the available programs could be combined to suit the needs of their services. AMSANT commenced two monthly teleconferences on CQI in June. The aim of the CQI Forum is to increase the capacity of the clinical team in NT Aboriginal Community controlled health services to implement continuous quality improvement programs within their organisations. We plan to address both clinical and IT issues that are relevant to CQI systems. This Forum will particularly target smaller services that do not have funded positions in CQI. AMSANT also plans to hold another two day meeting on CQI in October or November subject to funding. Ideas for future development include: involvement of AHWs in CQI through targeted education, and support for them to play a leading role in engagement of communities in CQI; and development of principles for CQI in the community controlled sector in the NT and a set of guidelines for involving community and boards of ACCHSs in CQI. The development of these resources will be led by AHWs and board members of ACCHSs. Anyone interested in joining either of these groups is welcome. To get your name added to the mail-out list, please contact Britt Puschak (see below). AMSANTs Public Health Team are: Dr Tanya Davies (PHMO in Darwin) tanya.davies@amsant.org.au Dr Liz Moore (PHMO in Alice Springs) liz.moore@amsant.org.au Britt Puschak (PHAAPSO in Alice Springs) britt.puschak@amsant.org.au Reference groups One of the roles of AMSANTs Public Health Medical Officers is to represent the AMS view in many Territory-wide committees and reference groups. There are over 40 different groups that AMSANT (PHMOs and other staff) attend. These include: the rheumatic heart disease register, screening for rheumatic heart disease in children; WHO Growth Charts; Medicare and tobacco control. NEW AMSANT OFFICE FOR CENTRAL AUSTRALIA AND BARKLY REGION AMSANT has moved to new premises at 7 Stuart Terrace, Alice Springs (next to the Reptile Centre). There is a lot more room here and the team invites you to visit us for a cuppa and a chat when you are next in Alice. THE ALICE SPRINGS TEAM ARE: Graham Dowling Corporate Support/Accreditation Officer email: graham.dowling@amsant.org.au Liz Moore Public Health Medical Officer email: liz.moore@amsant.org.au Britt Puschak Public Health Project Officer/Administration email: britt.puschak@amsant.org.au Kaye Bransgrove PIRS Officer (Patient Information Recall System) email: kaye.bransgrove@amsant.org.au We are committed to supporting and strengthening member services and their delivery of primary health care to Aboriginal people. Ph: 8953 3551 Fax: 8953 0553 5 R E A D E R S A R E E N C O U R A G E D T O S E N D T H E I R F E E D B A C K T O b r o n w y n . n e t l u c h @ a m s a n t . o r g . a u

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