Logan Hospital has begun a 12 month trial of the Julian’s Key Health Passport (Julian’s Key) communication tool for people with disability.
The passport enables people with disability and their family and carers to document their care needs and share it with health workers.
Julian’s Key is available as a smart phone application from the Apple and Google App Stores, an editable PDF or paper form.
While Julian’s Key contains some medical information, its primary purpose is to document:
Metro South Health Executive Director of Allied Health Anne Coccetti said it was important for hospital staff to use Julian’s Key to plan safe and person-centred care for patients with a disability.
“The life expectancy of women and men with intellectual disability is more than 20 years shorter than people without disability,” she said.
“We know that people with intellectual disability have difficulties accessing health services and are twice as likely to die from preventable conditions or causes.
“Julian’s Key is an important way that we can improve care for this group,” Ms Coccetti said.