Metro North Hospital and Health Service is dedicated to forging stronger links with our community partners to deliver connected and integrated patient-centred care, as outlined in the Health Service Strategy 2015-20.
The LINK (Leading Innovation through Networking and Knowledge-sharing) fund was introduced in 2015 and is a $1million commitment that recognises innovation as “ideas successfully applied”. Complex health issues cannot be addressed by the acute hospital and health service acting alone; nor can the best and most efficient care be delivered when silos of activity, resources and expertise operate.
In 2017 a total of 18 LINK innovative partnership proposals were submitted for review to fund. Five projects were chosen for funding.
Each of the projects was assessed on the basis of their innovation, collaborative impact and ability to work together to reduce unnecessary hospital admission or re-admissions, improve discharge and admission practices and improve patient-centred connected and integrated care.
The following LINK projects will test how organisations from various sectors working together and across the system can improve continuity of integrated and connected care: the right care, in the right place and at the right time. By focusing resources on collaborative initiatives, LINK will build a partnership culture and a network of partners with the same vision of providing seamless support for patients, consumers, families, carers and communities. Here are the five projects: