Health Care Western Australia
Health Care Western Australia has continued to deliver sustainable community solutions across its range of core services and further strengthened the ‘system of care’ model across acute, complex and chronic, and end of life palliative care in the community.
During this year, all country health services were incorporated under the one business unit – Health Care Western Australia. This has already provided many opportunities through shared learnings, focused strategies, and leveraged resources across the state.
In metropolitan Perth our Home Hospital service grew by 60 per cent due to the transfer of Hospital in the Home (HITH) and post-acute clients from the hospital sector to Silver Chain. This service continues to play an important role in preventing unplanned presentations to Emergency Departments and facilitating early discharge from hospital. Home Hospital is the largest HITH program in Australia, providing up to 200 HITH beds every day.
The Respiratory Service is piloting a new model of care focused on improving client outcomes and providing an integrated journey. This has already led to an increase in the number of people who have been able to access the right acute care via pre-approved pathways to our Home Hospital program, reducing unplanned hospital admissions, and end of life care when appropriate.
The Hospice Care Service, recognised nationally as a best-practice model of specialist community palliative care, this year focussed on increasing integration with other services, such as the Respiratory Service, to support people with complex and chronic diseases. This has enabled more people at end of life with respiratory disease to be cared for at home, and overall has increased the number of admitted clients supported to die at home from 69 to 75 per cent.
The Clinical Services team provide sector leading wound and health care to more than 3,000 people every day, through initiatives including the Advanced Wound Assessment Service, which is helping to improve the quality of life for clients suffering from chronic long-term wounds. Clinical Services play an important role in supporting the state’s health system by relieving pressure on hospitals and support a large number of post-acute clients every day – this has grown by 30 per cent in the past year.
Our Continence Management and Advisory Service provides specialised advice, education, assessment and management to more than 7,000 clients with incontinence, and again saw growth of more than 10 per cent thanks to the transition of clients from the Perth Rehabilitation Centre in Shenton Park to Silver Chain.
We have supported rural and remote communities with innovative models of care via our Remote Area Nurses, and further evolved emerging delivery of nursing services to the Pilbara region. The Southern Inland Health Initiative has supported improved resources for people with chronic disease in some of our resource-challenged communities through our Health Navigator and Primary Health Nurse Practitioner models.
Every day Health WA supports more than 7,000 people to be cared for in the community. We look forward to pursuing more opportunities to further reduce hospital length of stay and avoid hospital admissions, improving outcomes for our community.