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Innovation Central is an online space where Metro South Health staff can share the innovative work they're doing (or have done) to improve health services and outcomes for staff, patients and the community.

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Secure Document Transfer Project

| Planning, Engagement and Reform

The Secure Document Transfer Project will analyse and provide recommendations for the secure and efficient transmission of external referral information where this relates to:

  1. Addiction and Mental Health Services
  2. Specialist outpatient departments
  3. Nurse Navigator roles.

Project funding is being provided by the MSH Executive Planning and Innovation Committee.

QEII Older Persons Coordinated Care Service Project

| Medicine and Chronic Disease

This project aims to improve access to coordinated care for complex, frail, older people.  The key components of the initiative are a single service with a fully integrated multidisciplinary team; improved care including carer and staff education; the ability to explore care options in the community; and enhanced communication strategies with a focus on timely coordinated discharge communication.

This project is funded by the Integrated Care Innovation Fund (ICIF) and will be undertaken in partnership with Queensland Health's Healthcare Improvement Unit and the Brisbane South PHN.

Gastroenterology/Hepatology Integrated Clinics

| Medicine and Chronic Disease

This project aims to establish multidisciplinary Gastroenterology and Hepatology Integrated Care Clinics that provide a platform to identify clinically suitable category 3 gastroenterology and hepatology patients for management within the community. This project is supported by the Integrated Care Innovation Fund (ICIF).

CARE-PACT Expansion Project

| Emergency and Clinical Support

CARE-PACT is a collaboration between Metro South Health and Hospital Service, Wound Innovations and Brisbane South PHN to improve the management of elderly patients with chronic wounds in residential aged care facilities who would otherwise require emergency department or hospital management. This project will utilise new pathways, technology, and workforce strategies.

Delivering Choosing Wisely Across MSHHS

| Planning, Engagement and Reform

Metro South Health is launching a large-scale engagement project involving consumers, clinicians and GP's to implement the Choosing Wisely principles and recommendations across the health service.  Choosing Wisely is an international initiative to improve patient care by reducing and eliminating unnecessary, potentially harmful tests, treatments and procedures performed and prescribed.


Physiotherapy ICU Clinical Support

| Allied Health

The Physiotherapy ICU Clinical Support (PICS) service aims to optimise cardiorespiratory physiotherapy management of patients at risk of respiratory deterioration through support of ward and overnight (on call) physiotherapists.

Management of Delirium in Hospital: Development of a Metro South Occupational Therapy Learning Package

| PAH-QEII Network

This project aimed at developing an OT Delirium Management Learning Package which was in response to the Delirium Clinical Care Standard of improving prevention of delirium in patients at risk. The standard was delivered by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Clinicians and health services can use this Clinical Care Standard to support the delivery of high quality care.

Prescribing guidelines web application

| Medical

Metro South Health is developing a mobile-first web application to house its prescribing guidelines - to provide easy access to information on commonly used drugs in hospital.


Integrated Respiratory Access Project

| Medicine and Chronic Disease

The Integrated Respiratory Service provides holistic, patient-centred care in the form of education, information and support to patients and their families and carers within the Logan catchment for the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis, prescribed home oxygen and smoking cessation.

The Integrated Respiratory Access Initiative is a new service funded by the Integrated Care Innovation Fund (ICIF) that will expand the existing  model by increasing the number of clinics that are provided and by transforming the way that current services are provided. The initative aims to reduce avoidable Emergency Department presentations and alleviate General Practitioner and patient concern.

QEII Colorectal Pelvic Floor Service

| Surgical

The QEII Colorectal Pelvic Floor Service was set up in 2014 and is designed to address the needs of patients with defecatory disorders, including faecal incontinence and obstructed defecation. There is a high prevalence of these problems in the community with a large unmet need. Significant suffering and social isolation occurs amongst these people but their problems are usually not prioritised by health systems where funding often favours cancer and luminal disorders. 

The service is run by colorectal surgeons but is proudly a multidisciplinary service, with nurse specialists, pelvic floor physiotherapists, and dietitians at the forefront of the service. Patients often find their longstanding symptoms are validated on meeting the service and there is a very high level of patient satisfaction. 

Our preliminary results show improvement in all patients managed by both surgical and nonoperative strategies.


"Feed not Fast": A multidisciplinary systems approach to malnutrition in an acute hospital

| Research

A redesign of the nutrition model of care in an acute hosptial with an integrated approach to malnutrition was developed in response to a malnutrition prevealance of 30-40%; low rates of malnutrition screening; inadequate nutritional intakes; and a menu targeting chronic disease prevention.

Metro South Health Research Strategy

| Research

The MSH Research Strategy will identify and facilitate opportunities for more effective partnerships, as well as access to information and communication across facilities, streams and projects.


Smoking Cessation Clinical Pathway - Community Mental Health (QIPC)

| All of Metro South Health

From the 1st July 2017, the QIPC (Quality Improvement Payment C) commenced in Queensland for all Community Mental Health services. The QIPC requires services to screen all consumers for their smoking status and, for smokers, deliver a brief intervention which is documented via the Smoking Cessation Clinical Pathway template on the Consumers Integrated Mental Health Application (CIMHA). 

The Jaw Assessment Clinic: a Physiotherapy-Led Screening and Management Clinic for patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction

| Allied Health

The PAH Physiotherapy Department has identified a strategy to address the long wait times for those with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders who have been referred to the Mxillofacial Specialist Outpatient Department.

MSH Value Based Chronic Wound Care

| Nursing

The MSH Value-Based Wound Care Project was developed to respond to an increased number of patients presenting to hospital with wounds and associated avoidable admissions, the lack of a co-ordinated service and referral pathways, long waits to access specialty outpatients, community disengagement from the service and lack of co-ordinated post-acute care follow up across Metro South Health.


Restful Environment Project

| All of Metro South Health

Metro South Health has developed a host of new resources to help staff create a more restful environment for our patients.

Chronic Disease Diabetes Model of Care Redesign

| Medicine and Chronic Disease

This project will deliver an efficient acute model of care to assist in service delivery and integration of diabetes services across Metro South Health.

Healthier Choices project

| All of Metro South Health

Metro South Health has developed a strategy for patients, staff, and visitors to access healthier choices of food and drinks across our facilities.

Lift the Lip

| Oral Health

The Lift the Lip program aims to improve children’s oral health through early access to oral health care for all children aged 0 – 5 years. Child Health Nurses incorporate a Lift the Lip screening as part of the “Head to Toe” assessment undertaken at key ages, looking for signs of early childhood caries.

ScreenIT - revolutionary app solution for head and neck cancer patients

| PAH-QEII Network

New research developed at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) has found a screening App could improve the clinical management of head and neck cancer patients.