Alliance to co-design new model of care for older people

A new initiative spearheaded by the Health Alliance during 2018/19 will unite all parts of the health and community care sector toward improving the care of older people. 

The Ageing Well Initiative will build on work already undertaken to improve health outcomes for older people in The Prince Charles Hospital area, including Chermside and surrounding suburbs. 

General Manager of the Health Alliance, Professor Don Matheson said the Ageing Well Initiative presented a once in a generation opportunity to improve healthcare for older people. 

“Through this initiative we are looking at how a new model of care can be designed and implemented at a local level, but that can have the potential to influence change at a regional, state and even a national level,” Professor Matheson said.  

“Conversations with older people, their carers and families, GPs, non-government organisations and hospital clinicians have confirmed many of the challenges that older people face in accessing the right care, in the right place at the right time within the current health and aged care system,” Professor Matheson said. 

One hospital clinician told us, “It is a nightmare to discharge a complex patient into the community.” 

An older person told us, “We desperately need clearly articulated visions of growing older beyond 1) go on a river cruise in Europe or 2) go into a retirement village.” 

The initiative will co-design a new model of care with the health and aged care sectors and with older people, their families and carers. 

The new model of care will span the entire health journey for older people—from living well, living with chronic disease, living with frailty, crisis and chronic care and dying well. It will cross all settings, including hospital, general practice, residential aged care facilities and in the community. 

Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN are exploring new ways of funding, so that resources can be used flexibly to support the new model of care and better meet the needs of older people.  

The Ageing Well Initiative supports one of six key directions outlined in the MNHHS and PHN co-authored Five year health care plan for older people who live in Brisbane North | 2017-2022. The direction states that the development of services should ensure older people are supported to stay healthy, well and independent. 

For more information, or to get involved in the Ageing Well Initiative, please email healthalliance@brisbanenorthphn.org.au