Ideas Lab: Taking Healthcare Home


A Western Sydney University forum will bring together the Secretary of NSW Health Dr Mary Foley with doctors, academics and other industry experts to discuss the future of home-based health care.

Ideas Lab: Taking Healthcare Home is being held at the University's Parramatta campus on Tuesday, February 23 at 10am at the Female Orphan School.

To help frame the event, the Centre for Health Research at Western Sydney University has developed an issues paper which has been provided to the participants. The paper discusses key aspects of home health care services, from patient care, policy and financial perspectives.

The paper found home care services were associated with a 20% lower rate of mortality and a 25% lower rate of re-admission compared to in-hospital care. In an example cited by the report, providing a patient with home-based peritoneal dialysis produced an annual cost saving of $36,826 compared to facility outpatient services.

"Notionally, home-base care for acute and chronic conditions can provide a better value model of care with better health outcomes – it's a win –win", says Dr Evan Alexandrou, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University.

"But there are also a range of circumstances where care in the home isn't appropriate for patients, for both medical and social reasons, such as patients with particular cognitive impairments or those without good social supports".

To discuss the practicalities of providing professional health services outside hospitals, the Ideas Lab will be joined by:

  • Dr Mary Foley, Secretary of NSW Health
  • Dr Norman Swan, ABC Health Journalist and Host 
  • Professor Stephen Leeder, Western Sydney Local Health Board Chair 
  • Dr Michael Crampton, Clinical Lead, Western Sydney Integrated Care
  • Lynne Pezzullo, Lead Partner, Health Economics and Social Policy, Deloitte Access Economics 
  • Debbie Fortnum, National General Manager Education, Kidney Health Australia
  • Dr Evan Alexandrou, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University

"Western Sydney University is embedded in the most diverse and interesting health community in Australia, which brings both opportunities and challenges", says Professor Scott Holmes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research & Development)

"We are proud to host the best minds from Government, University and Industry at this debate. Everyone will get a chance to have their say, as this is the best way to create change in our community."

The Western Sydney University Ideas Lab: Taking Healthcare Home will feature the live streaming of crowd questions and responses to the debate. The knowledge and understanding generated at the event will help inform future research by University academics, support clinical practice and feed into State and Local Government decision making.

This event is sponsored by Baxter Healthcare.


22 February 2016

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer

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