This study report summarises the activities, findings and challenges of the Improving Aboriginal patient journeys (IAPJ) study, which was stage three of the Managing two worlds together project. The aim of the IAPJ study was to develop, refine and evaluate a set of Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools for use in quality improvement and education. A collaborative approach to knowledge exchange was used, with the research team working with staff and managers from a range of health settings in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Together they explored how the tools could be adapted and used to make real improvements in communication, coordination and collaboration within and across a diverse range of patient journeys. The study focused on improving the health care journey for Aboriginal people as they travelled from home to hospital to home across numerous geographical and health care sites.
The Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools described in this report were used:
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This self-paced online education package provides an introduction to best practice approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). It is aimed at clinicians with little or no knowledge of ARF or RHD. It can also be used as a revision tool for those with existing prior knowledge. It is freely available online and does not require a login or membership.
The five modules in the package are:
The modules are produced by RHDAustralia and are accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) and The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
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