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BaptistCare partners with Macquarie University in roundtable project

BaptistCare NSW & ACT, alongside other aged care providers, is a partner in a roundtable project with Macquarie University called ‘A National Aged Care Medication Roundtable - Translating aged care data into action to improve quality of care through collaboration and co-design’.

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Friday 1 October
BaptistCare NSW & ACT, alongside other aged care providers, is a partner in the following roundtable project.

Announced on Wednesday 15 September by Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt MP, Macquarie University has been awarded $1.4 million in National Health and Medical Research Council funding for ‘A National Aged Care Medication Roundtable - Translating aged care data into action to improve quality of care through collaboration and co-design’.

This highly collaborative project will devise innovative and practical IT based solutions to improve medication management processes which was the topic of more than one third of issues reported to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and is a significant source of complaint to the Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission.

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt, announced the Aged Care Medication Roundtable that will be boosted by an additional $375,000 from research partners BaptistCare, Scalabrini, and Anglicare.

Allan Waters, General Manager - Residential Services & Retirement Living, said it was an exciting time for BaptistCare to be involved in this research project.

“We are pleased to be a partner in this important roundtable project, alongside other aged care providers and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

“This is an important initiative and BaptistCare is always committed to reviewing and improving processes to benefit our residents, which is why we wanted to take part,” said Allan.

Professor Johanna Westbrook from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, will lead the Roundtable, which is founded on an innovative approach to work in partnership across organisations and harness the power of information technology to improve medication quality and safety on a large-scale.

Professor Westbrook emphasised the important role of research partners, BaptistCare, Scalabrini and Anglicare, and their strong commitment to continually enhancing medication management in residential aged care facilities, with close involvement of residents and their families and carers.