News from the HCA team
News from the HCA team
Research project: Establishment of a model for professional certification of medical scientists and technicians working in Australia
Establishment of a national model for professional certification of medical scientists and technicians working in Australian pathology laboratories
HCA has been commissioned by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), in partnership with the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB), to explore the “Establishment of a national model for professional certification of medical scientists and technicians working in Australian pathology laboratories”. This project has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health through its Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP).
The project has been designed to explore professional certification through an evidence-based, coordinated and independent analysis of possible models and then through facilitated and mediated discussions between the relevant existing pathology service stakeholders bring a consensus on a single selected model. A set of potential options for establishing an objective, transparent and sustainable professional certification model and operating system for all medical scientists and technical staff working in Australian pathology laboratories will be developed for consideration.
Detailed information can be found on the project page.
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Evaluation of the Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service
Surveys completed, case studies and interviews soon to commence
Last year HCA and Murawin commenced the 2016-18 evaluation of the NSW Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS).
At the end of last year the evaluation received approval from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) and the NSW Population and Health Services Research ethics committees.
HCA and Murawin are excited to announce that Components 1 and 2 of the evaluation have now been completed – the document review and AMIHS manager survey.
We are very grateful for the hard work contributed by AMIHS managers which resulted in a 100% response rate (47 surveys from 47 sites)! Thanks again to everyone who contributed.
The information from the first two project components has now been analysed using a cluster analysis technique. This analysis has indicated that there are five main ways that AMIHS is being implemented across the sites. An interim report and a set of six recommended case study sites have now been provided to the Ministry of Health.
We hope to be able to announce the case study sites and be out in the field shortly. The purpose of the case studies will be to explore, in more detail, how AMIHS is being delivered, how it has been received by mothers of Aboriginal babies and their families and communities, and how it is sitting within the broader network of health and community services in those communities.
We will also shortly commence interviews with key peak organisations and preparation for Components 5 and 6 – analysis of the Perinatal Data Collection (PDC) and the AMIHS Data Collection (AMDC) and an economic analysis of financial data collected in Component 2.
Contact Debbie Stanford, HCA Staff Consultant, for more information about the aims and methodology of the evaluation, or even send us information relevant to the evaluation.
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HCA launches new report on the Public Health Physician Workforce at the 15th World Congress on Public Health
HCA team members, Lee Ridoutt and Carla Cowles, recently completed a labour market analysis of the Public Health Physician workforce in Australia for the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Building on previous HCA studies undertaken for the Faculty, and using novel methods for estimating workforce demand, findings from this recent study will provide important guidance and direction for the future development of the Public Health Physician workforce.
Lee Ridoutt will launch the report today at the 15th World Congress on Public Health being held in Melbourne this week.
The full report can be downloaded here.
News on NDIS Workforce Implications
In 2015 HCA completed a report on the likely workforce implications of the coming NDIS implementation in the community mental health sector under the project management of the NSW Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC). We are delighted to let you know that the final project report is now publically available and can be downloaded here.
The report was sent to Mental Health Australia NDIS Capacity Building Project Advisory Group members in early August 2016 and distributed through the MHA CEO’s weekly e-news shortly after.
HCA takes this opportunity to thank MHCC, in particular Tina Smith, and a number of community mental health organisation peak bodies in each state and territory and other organisations (in particular the National Disability Service) for many contributions to the project. It was a big and complex piece of work that will be of benefit across a range of NDIS and other MH reform activity over the next few years.
Tina Smith will be presenting on the report at the TheMHS Conference on Thursday 25th at 1:30 PM on the project. You can learn more about the conference by clicking this link and we will no doubt see proceedings notes in due course.
HCA and Murawin Consulting Commence Evaluation of the NSW Aboriginal Maternity and Infant Health Services Program
The HCA team is delighted to announce that, in conjunction with our new partner, Murawin Consulting (led by Carol Vale), we have recently commenced a two year evaluation process to investigate the reach, impact and cost of the NSW Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Services (AMIHS) Program since it was established over 15 years ago. The evaluation will focus on the program’s impact on Aboriginal babies and their mothers and seek to identify the critical success factors in the various models that have been implemented over time across the State. More information on the AMIHS program can be found here.
As would be expected with a two year evaluation project timeframe, the evaluation process planned is very comprehensive consisting of both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and use of both secondary and primary data sources. The evaluation effort will cover both AMIHS Program implementation and outcomes. Much of the evaluation method is standard, but some use of some quite interesting and novel methods such as social network analysis and the Field Implementation Rating Scale are included in the evaluation effort.
On the quantitative data analysis side we will be conducting extensive analysis of relevant existing data sources (epidemiological and service-level data such as the Perinatal Data Collection and the Aboriginal Maternity Data Collection) as well as collecting and analyzing quantified data on the Program implementation.
Utilizing Murawin’s great capacity for consultation with Aboriginal communities, qualitative data will be collected from service providers, consumers of the AMIHS services, and other stakeholders (such as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services). The qualitative data will add texture and insight to the findings from the quantitative data.
As comprehensive a picture as possible of the costs associated with the program will be collated and analysed and, within the limits of the data available to the project, value for money judgements made within the context of alternative options of the broader health system.
We are currently in the process of bedding down our plan for the implementation of the evaluation. A workshop was held in August 2016 with key stakeholders to introduce the project and seek feedback on our proposed consultation tools. A separate workshop was held with a cultural reference group (CRG) which will work with the project team throughout the two year project. Over the next 6 months, as ethics approval is sought and obtained and the Evaluation Framework is completed and able to be published, a number of documents will be made available.
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