Health system innovations from COVID-19 - a new direction for the Health Alliance

Health system innovations from COVID-19 - a new direction for the Health Alliance

As part of the Ageing Well Initiative, prior to the pandemic, the Health Alliance and the sector were supporting the development and implementation of new models of care aimed at improving the interface between hospital and primary and community care settings. These models of care included the “Virtual Huddle”, “GP referral to Hospital in the Home (HITH)” and “Specialist input into RACFs” to shift care closer to home and increase collaborative virtual care options. Consultation and co-design had occurred with the sector in The Prince Charles Hospital catchment. This was submitted to Queensland Health to input into their wider COVID-19 response in March.  

Since then we have seen the introduction of virtual wards, virtual emergency departments, virtual outpatient departments, widespread telehealth options and increased access to specialist advice. The pandemic has invigorated the system’s ability to innovate and rapid progress in virtual care has occurred across the region. Ensuring these innovations are improved and sustained will be a key focus of the Health Alliance moving forward, not just for the care of older people but for the broader population of Brisbane North. The second half of this year will be a critical window of opportunity to embed these options as the ‘new business as usual’. With the support of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN Joint Board Committee, the Health Alliance will bring together stakeholders across health and community settings, including consumers and carers to ensure the health system innovations that cross over hospital and primary care can remain and are best for the patient and for the health system.   

For more information contact the team via email: contact@healthalliance.org.au.