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Early supported discharge and hospital in the home services are associated with equal or better health outcomes for a variety of conditions, but this model of care may be underutilised in Australian hospitals. Professor Rachelle Buchbinder AO will discuss her ongoing research on the uptake of hospital in the home in the past decade and whether upscaling it could lead to reductions in unnecessary health system expenditure.
Like hospital in the home, virtual care is among the most promising alternative models of care – particularly during a pandemic. Dr Tracey Tay will speak about the ground-breaking work of NSW Health in establishing the Virtual Care Accelerator in response to COVID-19. A multi-agency, 18-month program, the Accelerator has aimed at providing safer care and better access for patients during the pandemic.
The conversation will be moderated by Professor Leonard Gray, lead investigator in the PCHSS’s Telehealth Research Stream and Director of the Centre for Health Services Research at The University of Queensland.
Rachelle Buchbinder is a rheumatologist, clinical epidemiologist, recipient of an NHMRC Investigator Grant, and PCHSS lead investigator in the Reducing Waste and Low-value Care Research Theme. She is the Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology at the Cabrini Institute and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.
Tracey Tay is a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist at John Hunter Hospital and a Clinical Executive Director at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). She has worked in a number of clinical and management roles throughout her career, including Director, Perioperative Services at John Hunter Hospital and Clinical Lead at the ACI for four years until 2016.