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The Quarterly 2012

Measuring health outcomes and how this can potentially improve patient care is an important aspect of health care delivery.

The RACP is pleased to be leading the Rural Outcome Measurement Enhancement (ROME) Project together with RACMA ably represented by Dr Ramesh Nadarajah. The project offers a series of videoconferences and face to face workshops to rural specialists with an interest in health outcome measurement. The project was originally funded for the 2011 year, however following the success of the project has recently been extended for a further 12 months.

Following on from the 2011 workshop held in Alice Springs, the workshop in 2012 will again be held in conjunction with the Rural Medicine Australia Scientific Forum on Thursday 25 October 2012 in Fremantle, Western Australia. The title of the workshop is Models of training and models of care.

The program for this workshop will focus on models and training in rural and remote settings as well as giving examples of measuring health outcomes using models of care from rural settings. Speakers include Professor Richard Doherty, Dr Andrew Cole, Dr Sheila Cook, Dr Mike Williams, Dr Tom Bowles and Dr Ian Ring.

All ROME events are free for rural specialists. Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. Upcoming events are outlined below and more information is available at http://www.racp.edu.au/page/rome

Videoconference: Sepsis Management
Date: Thursday 2 August, 3.30pm-5pm AEST
Presenters: Professor Tony Burrell, Ms Mary Fullick, Dr Josh Davis
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Videoconference: Mental Health in Indigenous Populations and Farming Communities
Date: Wednesday 22 August, 3.30pm-5pm AEST
Presenters: Dr Rob Parker, Dr Tricia Nagal
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Face-to-face workshop
Models of training and models of care
Date: Thursday 25 October 2012
Place: The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

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Registration details for the workshop will be shortly available at: http://www.racp.edu.au/page/rome

Recording of previous videoconferences

Falls, Fractures and Outcomes for Older People
This videoconference was held on 13 July 2011, with guest speakers, Professor Ian Cameron and Dr Laura Ahmad. Topics covered included:
  • Outcomes of falls for older people
  • The peri-operative management of fracture patients
  • Rehabilitation for older people after hip and other fractures (hospital and community)
  • Tertiary prevention of falls and fall-related injury.
Indigenous Health Outcomes
This videoconference was held on 3 May 2012, with guest speakers, Dr Carole Reeve, Dr Jaye Martin and Ms Bilawara Lee. Topics covered included:
  • How to measure health outcomes in an Indigenous population
  • ATSI Health Performance Framework
  • Using audit as a specific tool in improving Indigenous Health Outcomes
  • Improved understanding of cultural protocols for working in Aboriginal Communities
Recordings available at GTH Events: http://www.gthevents.com

Ms Lauren Dalton

This Project has been funded by the Department of Health under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges. The RACP is solely responsible for the content of and views expressed in any material associated with this project.