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.
Following a high-growth period, Home Hospital is now a well-established program across the Perth metropolitan area. Hospital in the Home (HITH), part of the Home Hospital program, is providing care for up to 180 clients per day, substituting for hospital care, and continues to be the largest community based home hospital service in Australia. The service continues to play an important role with facilitating early discharge from Western Australia’s hospitals.
The Respiratory Service new model of care focused on improving client outcomes and providing an integrated client journey. This has led to a reduction in unplanned hospital admissions and decreased length of stay. We are in the process of implementing the new model across the entire Perth metropolitan area, and this will see us partner with the WA Primary Health Alliance to work more collaboratively with General Practice.
The Hospice Care Service, recognised nationally as a best-practice model of specialist community palliative care, this year focussed on increasing integration across services to support people with complex and chronic conditions. This has enabled more people at end of life to be cared for at home, and overall has increased the number of admitted clients supported to die at home. Recognising the growing importance of palliative care, we have been successful in commencing a pilot to support Medibank Private members with access to in-home palliative care service in metropolitan Perth.
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 significant growth across the year.
Our country team have supported rural and remote communities with innovative models of care. People with chronic conditions in some of our resource-challenged communities have benefited from our Health Navigator and Primary Health Nurse Practitioner programs. Our Remote Area Nurses provide critical care to their communities, and are often involved in emergency management responses. This year, we also farewelled Lesley Pearson after 30 years of passionate commitment to community, and commenced nursing services in the Kimberley, in Broome.
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.