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- Professor Simon WillcockChairman, Avant and Director of Primary Care at Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney
This new program launched in August 2016 demonstrates Avant’s ongoing commitment to supporting improvements in quality and safety in healthcare. We’ve rewarded the very best ideas and innovations that could sustainably improve patient care and safety for years to come with an investment of $100,000 across eight projects . Applications for the 2017 program will open later in the year.
We're investing up to $100,000 to reward the very best ideas and innovations that could improve patient care and safety for years to come.
There are two $20,000 Practice Grants and six $10,000 Individual Grants available for Quality and Safety projects to be undertaken in 2017.
Receive a one year licence for BMJ Quality to undertake their quality improvement project, publication in the Avant/BMJ Quality Improvements Reports Journal, one grant recipient will be selected to present their project at the BMJ Asia-Pacific Quality Forum in September 2018.
VIC - General Practitioner
Breathing easier – a quality improvement journey for the Carlton Family Medical Clinic.Improving self-management, medication adherence and use of spirometry for asthma patients. Most people
with asthma do not have personalised management plans. The project proposes to trial an intervention to improve the uptake of personalised management plans for people with asthma and formalise assessment of
VIC- Professor of Psychiatry
Development of My Maps, a novel integrative intervention for
treatment of bipolar disorder.
The team developed the My Maps group psycho-education program
which reduced manic relapse but did not significantly address
depressive symptoms. The project aims to support the development
of this intervention, adding a mobile app and carer program to better
treat depressive symptoms.
NSW - General Practitioner
Patient reported measures integration with the use of
The aim of this research project is to identify validated tools to assess
patient reported measures and development of an application
for recording patient reported outcomes measures. It will then be
integrated with the practice’s eHealth tools. This tool will also be
educational for the patients.
GP IIT IPODS General Practice innovative IT improving patient
outcomes and delivery of services.
The aim is to optimise the use of digital health in practice to better
record patient risk factors and improve communication, handover
and patient management. It will also improve data quality, practice
systems which impact on patient safety, e-health and medical records,
communication and health literacy and patient outcomes.
NSW - Rehabilitation
Quality improvement in clinical documentation in severe
traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A lack of proper communication and access of records within
specialised services increases risk of error. This project aims to develop
clinical reporting forms for use in severe TBI across a patient’s journey.
Standardisation of documentation will aim to improve interdisciplinary
communications and continuity of care for healthcare services.
VIC - Paediatrician
Improving education and communication for GPs in the treatment
of patients with cerebral palsy.
In this project, educational resources will be developed for general
practitioners to enhance their knowledge, resulting in improved care
of both children and adults with cerebral palsy. The resources will
include check-lists, practice advice fact-sheets and e-learning resources
developed by a multidisciplinary team.
NSW - Head of Upper Gastrointestinal and Hepato-Biliary Surgery
Reducing surgical site infections in patients undergoing general
and vascular surgery.
Surgical site infections (SSI) have negative impacts on patient quality
of life and morbidity risks. By engaging multi-disciplinary teams and
redefining the approach to this problem we aim to lower the rate
of SSI thus creating big benefits to patients and freeing up health
VIC - Plastic Surgeon
Introducing the MyHealth Record to a specialist practice.
This project aims to facilitate the implementation of the eHealth
initiative MyHealth Record (MyHR) in other specialist practices by
demonstrating successful introduction of MyHR within a busy solo
surgical practice, creating templates that other practices can use freely
and detailing the legislative, workflow and technological challenges
encountered along the way.
Avant held an awards dinner in Sydney in February 2017 to celebrate the accomplishments of some outstanding researchers who will complete innovative research and quality improvement projects to enhance standards of healthcare.
Professor Simon Willcock, Chairman, Avant and Director of Primary Care at Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney, hosted the function to honour the recipients of the inaugural Avant Quality Improvement Grants Program and the fifth Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program. ‘As a mutual, we see quality improvement in medicine as an important area of research and we are committed to supporting improvement in the quality of care in Australia,’ Professor Willcock said.