Australia & New Zealand Newsletter  
Issue 9 -   September 2011

 

       
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'Talking the same language
for effective care for
older people'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

interRAI Australia

Coordinating Centre
Telephone: +61(7)-3176 5530
Facsimile: +61(7)-3176 6945
Email: interRAI mail

 

 

 

 

interRAI New Zealand

Coordinating Centre
Email: olderpeople@moh.govt.nz
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor
Len Gray


Please send feedback to:
Joanna Kho

 

 

 

 

                                                        

 


From the editor
 

interRAI activities continue apace in our region.  I am aware of major implementations of the interRAI Long Term Care Facility in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.  The interRAI Acute Care is now available for use in all public hospitals in Queensland.  Several new start ups using the interRAI Home Care are at hand.

In the next few months, expect to see interesting – maybe even exciting – results from a raft of studies related to use of the interRAI hospital “mini-suite” – the interRAI ED screener, the interRAI AC, the Post Acute supplement, and the interRAI Home Care in the Australian Transition Care program.  The next edition of the newsletter will provide some of these results. 

Len Gray
Editor
 


Headlines

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Dutch study demonstrates potential of the interRAI LTCF

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interRAI ebook widgets
   
>> Major contract for AC signed

 


News

 

Dutch study demonstrates potential of the interRAI LTCF  

In a paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on June 27, Dutch researchers demonstrated that a multi-disciplinary intervention centred on the interRAI Long Term Care Facility assessment system improved the quality of care of residents of Dutch residential aged care facilities.  The study employed a cluster randomised controlled design involving 10 facilities and 340 residents, ensuring that the results are robust and convincing. 

See http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2011/06/27/cmaj.101498 for the full report.

This study provides further evidence that a systematic approach to assessment and care planning provides important benefits for older people in institutional settings, echoing the results of an earlier study using the interRAI home care system conducted by Bernabei and colleagues (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC28532/).

The interRAI LTCF – a key component of the new interRAI Suite – is now being deployed in many countries around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain, adding to the widespread use of the earlier version RAI MDS 2.0.  In the next few years, many of these earlier adopters are expected to upgrade to the LTCF. 

 

Share interRAI content in a new way: interRAI ebook widgets

interRAI AC widget

Since its launch in April, the interRAI ebook catalog has come a long way. 18 titles are now available for sale, and we are receiving new purchases almost daily from around the world. 

Because interRAI relies on its Fellows to get the word out, we have created unique, interactive “read inside” widgets for each of the interRAI ebooks that you can email, share through social media, or embed in your website using a simple cut and paste option. These widgets allow users to read through a sample of the book’s content, and are easily shared through email, Facebook, and other social media.

There are several ways to share an ebook from within the widget. You can find a widget for any given title by searching for that title on the interRAI print catalog, and viewing its detail page: click here for an example.

Along the bottom of the widget, there are three buttons: E-mail to Friend, Share This, and Buy.

E-mail to Friend: by clicking this button, you can share via email a preview of interRAI ebooks.

Share This: by clicking this button, you are given the option to share the interRAI ebook through numerous social media outlets, including Facebook, MySpace, Amazon, and Shelfari (to name a few).

You can also embed the widget directly into your website, allowing your site visitors to preview interRAI content directly on your site. To do this:

          Click the “Share This” button in the widget. Below the icons for the various social networking websites, a hotlink appears: “Get Widget Code.”

          Once you click this link, you are prompted to select the size (dimensions) of the widget. Clicking the “Copy the Code” button automatically copies it to your clipboard, so you can paste it directly into your site’s code.

Share an interRAI ebook widget today, and help get the word out!

Major contract for AC signed

interRAI recently concluded an agreement with Uniquest – the commercial arm of the University of Queensland, Australia – that will, in turn, facilitate a major implementation of the interRAI Acute Care system across all public hospitals in the state of Queensland.  Until June, the interRAI AC was in use in 3 public hospitals in the state, but this agreement will see its availability extended to up to 100 hospitals.  At the time of writing, several new implementations were immediately underway, with many more anticipated during 2011.  In Queensland, the AC is used primarily to support geriatric consultation, with nurse assessors preparing cases, which are subsequently reviewed and reported by geriatricians. 

 



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Research projects

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Instrument development

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Recent publications
 

Elliott, Timothy R., Phillips, Charles D., Patnaik, Ashweeta, Naiser, Emily, Booth, Eric A., Fournier, Constance J., Miller, Thomas R., Moudouni, Darcy M., Hawes, Catherine, and Dyer, James A. Medicaid Personal Care Services and Caregivers' Reports of Children's Health: The Dynamics of a Relationship, HSR 2011. (published online).

Phillips, Charles D. and Patnaik, Ashweeta and Dyer, James A. and Naiser, Emily and Hawes, Catherine and Fournier, Constance J. and Elliott, Timothy R. (published online) Reliability and the measurement of activity limitations (ADLs) for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) living in the community, Disability and Rehabilitation 2011.

 

 




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