Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Winter Flu Season Strategy

COORDINARE has invited general practices to apply for funding to support patients identified as being at risk during the flu season.

The application period for the Winter Strategy has now closed.

ART PCMH20hospital20lightEvery winter there is a rise in demand for health services. People with multiple chronic conditions, as well as older, frail people are more vulnerable during this period. To support general practices with these patients as well as reducing their likelihood of hospitalisation during the winter months, COORDINARE is aiming to introduce to general practice a Winter Strategy. It is aimed at helping practices identify their ‘at risk’ patients and develop an appropriate plan of action.

COORDINARE have developed a number of quality improvement modules which can support the practice identify and implement enhanced care for patients who are most at risk during the flu season. Modules have been created for the following vulnerable groups: 

Practices will have the opportunity to use the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) tool at baseline and completion of intervention. The PAM tool supports clinicians to identify how confident and able a patient is to manage their own health. This gives the user insight to more effectively tailor care based on individual need. Change in score over time demonstrates program effectiveness. Practices will have access to optional staff training on how to effectively use the PAM tool. Find out more about the PAM tool here.

Practices could be eligible for the following payments:

  • $10,000 if your practice would like to develop and implement of a quality improvement initiative for a particular vulnerable patient group using one of the modules outlined above
  • $2500 per additional module for practices wishing to work with further patient groups
  • $1500 for GPs wishing to utilise Patient Activation Measures (PAM)
  • $850 for practice nurses or relevant allied health professionals wishing to utilise Patient Activation Measures (PAM)

The application period for the Winter Strategy has now closed.

EOIs will be reviewed by an internal selection panel and applicants for shortlisted projects will be invited to develop a short project plan. Up to 10 practices across the region will be funded. Funded projects must be completed on or prior to Monday 30 September 2019.

Applications were evaluated against the following criteria:ART PCMH20female20HP20dark20background

  • identify which module(s) you would like to work on, noting you can choose more than one
  • describe how you intend to implement the module e.g. clinic, drop in service, recall and reminders, or another method you decide
  • provide evidence to support the need for this intervention at a practice and/or community level
  • suggest how you will communicate the opportunity to patients and/or consult with them in designing your model of care.

Additional consideration given to proposals that:

  • demonstrated a response to local social disadvantage
  • demonstrated a response to high local disease prevalence
  • demonstrated a response to deliver sustainable solutions
  • have a clinician undertake the Patient Activation Measures tool.

The application period for the Winter Strategy has now closed.

As part of the project you must be willing to:

  • implement the quality improvement modules
  • meet regularly with relevant COORDINARE staff including your Health Coordination Consultant
  • participate in an evaluation with components including;
    • clinical indicators measured via clinical data audit
    • practice staff experience measures
    • de-identified patient data on 'experience of care' using a consumer experience survey provided by COORDINARE, or COORDINARE staff can also support practices to develop their own patient experience measures.

The following activities are ineligible for funding under this project:ART PCMH20innovation202

  • leasing or purchase of vehicles
  • depreciation of expenses
  • activities already undertaken or expenses already incurred
  • research costs
  • items of capital equipment valued greater than $5000
  • items of capital not directly related to patient outcomes 
  • payments for professional services (i.e. where a payment is made for a medical service item listed in the Medicare Benefit Schedule)
  • conference attendances
  • board fees.

The above list is indicative and is not intended to be exhaustive.