The official launch of HealthPathways in Nepean Blue Mountains was a collaborative affair, with members from neighbouring HealthPathways regions and professionals from across the local health system coming together to embrace the potential of HealthPathways.
Almost 80 people comprising GPs, heads of hospital departments/units, specialists, nurses, allied health, community health, and a wide range of partner organisations in the region, attended the launch symposium held on Thursday 23 February.
Nepean Blue Mountains Program Development Officer, Jackie Janosi was thrilled to see HealthPathways launch to such a diverse and receptive audience.
“My colleagues and I had been waiting for HealthPathways to reach the Nepean Blue Mountains since Hunter and New England trialled it many years ago. It was a special moment.”
NBM LHD Chair, Hon. Peter Collins AM QC kicking off the Nepean Blue Mountains HealthPathways Symposium.
Chief HealthPathways Implementation Advisor, Andy Froggatt, says the launch event created a platform for positive communication across the local health system.
“It was particularly pleasing for me to see HealthPathways creating conversations between leaders from across the PHN, LHD, and the private sector as to how it can improve patient care and efficiency behind-the-scenes.”
“It is this engagement that is central to driving positive change, so it bodes well for the Nepean Blue Mountains region.”
Nick Rosser, Nepean Blue Mountains HealthPathways Program Manager, agreed.
“The acceptance of HealthPathways as a program could not have been better. The level of excitement for the potential of improved patient health outcomes has already exceeded my expectations.”
To further the tradition of welcoming new HealthPathways teams to the HealthPathways Community, presenters from neighbouring HealthPathways regions included Sydney Program Manager, Paul Bennett; Western Sydney Clinical Lead, Dr Michelle Crockett; Illawarra Shoalhaven Clinical Editor, Dr Louise Delaney; and Sydney Clinical Editor, Dr Kate George.
Their presentations aimed to help Nepean Blue Mountains health professionals to understand how HealthPathways can effect change in the Nepean Blue Mountains’ health system.
Left to right: Western Sydney Clinical Lead, Dr Michelle Crockett; Sydney Clinical Editor, Dr Kate George; Nepean Blue Mountains Clinical Lead, Dr Louise McDonnell; Illawarra Shoalhaven Clinical Editor, Dr Louise Delany; and HealthPathways Community Chief Clinical Editor, Dr Graham McGeoch.
The next day, Chief Clinical Editor, Dr Graham McGeoch facilitated a hands-on respiratory work group session focusing on COPD. It gave local hospital clinicians and GPs an opportunity to discuss how the region manages COPD patients, in both the community and hospitals. The aim of the session was to identify which issues would need to be tackled through health system change and which ones could be supported by a localised COPD pathway.
Graham says it was inspiring to see so many attendees sharing their ideas and expertise across a broad spectrum of sectors.
“The work group clinicians learned about services provided by each other that they were previously unaware of. It was great to bridge that gap.”
Chief Clinical Editor, Dr Graham McGeoch facilitating the respiratory work group session.