Fragmentation of care
More effective collaboration between sectors of health services and professionals are the key to improving
quality and safety of discharge care of remote NT mothers and their newborns. By Annie May. Discharge practices for mothers and newborns from remote areas in the Top End of Australia need to be improved and restructured, with current practices putting both lives at risk, new research reveals. Examining the transition of care in the postnatal period from a regional hospital to a remote health service, researchers found that poor discharge documentation, communication and co-ordination between hospital and remote health centre staff occurred. Aboriginal women have been long voicing their...
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Something that struck me about reading this pertinent article is that Many more women should be eligible for a PATS funded companion. Numerous women and others in Centralia e.g Sunset Health or Katherine West districts do not have a great command of English and their Language would either be that of their community and/or Kriol. Although they may speak broken English the understanding of medical & postnatal directions especially written is often fraught. Community Language Centres exist and personnel there could be co-opted into innovating a simpler and perhps semi-pictorial form of document which could be carried home in a plastic sleeve to protect against heat, dust & humidity. A higher degree of monitoring by HCs and an expectation of compliance is to be encouraged in subtle but consistent ways. Backup by pdf. is also required....try , try,again
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