Jun 14
Orange Health Service Is ‘in Safe Hands’

Hospitals from Sydney and across the State have requested a visit to Orange Health Service to see the Structured Interdisciplinary Bed Rounds (SIBR) model of care in action. 

Orange Health Service, in partnership with the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), will be holding a special Residential School for approximately 70 health professionals from 13 hospitals across NSW.  The 3 Day event will commence on Monday 17th June.

As part of the ‘In Safe Hands’ project, Orange Health Service was the first site in NSW and only the second site in Australia to introduce the SIBR model of care, with the help of the CEC.

Orange Health Service first rolled out the SIBR model of care in September 2012 and the success of the project has resulted in great interest from the NSW medical community. Many of those health professionals are now eager to learn how they can go about implementing this innovative model of care in their own facilities – and so the idea for a residential school was born.

Clinical Leader Dr Gabriel Shannon from Orange Health Service said Orange clinicians, as well as CEC personnel and Jason Stein and Bryan Castle from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, would all be speaking at the residential school.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our experiences and knowledge of the ’In Safe Hands’ project and the use of SIBR with other like-minded health professionals.

“We are thrilled with the success of the model here in Orange and believe it is the way forward for NSW hospitals. I hope all the attendees will return to their own sites with ideas and plans for implementing the model in their own hospitals,” Dr Shannon said.

The vision of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Whole of Hospital Program is to improve patients’ experiences in their access to and connectivity of care when they require access to the NSW public hospital system. The ‘In Safe Hands’ Residential School, aims to act as a driver for positive change in the system.

Western NSW Local Health District Board member and Orange Health Service clinician, Dr Darryl Mackender said that by enhancing teamwork and communication, patient care teams from other facilities will have the opportunity to relaunch themselves as In Safe Hands Units. 

“The aim of this model of care is to improve patient flow in a hospital and reduce avoidable risks and their associated increases to a patient’s length of stay.  Not only are these better outcomes for our patients, but it is also hoped the flow on effects of this change will create a positive workplace for the dedicated staff in our health facilities,” said Dr Mackender.

Media Opportunity:

Media are invited to interview Dr’s Shannon & Mackener, as well as representatives from the CEC, about this exciting initiative on Monday 17th June at 1pm.

To confirm your attendance or for further details, please contact Media Officers Kate Hennessy (0417-280-903) or Melissa Hamling (0417-511-738).