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Clinical Support Systems Program Conference "Lessons learned", the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Melbourne: speaking notes.

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Speech Senator the Hon Kay Patterson Minister for Health and Ageing

Clinical Support Systems Program Conference "Lessons Learned" The Royal Australasian College of Physicians" Speaking Notes for Senator the Hon. Kay Patterson

Melbourne 9 October 2002

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Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

I am delighted to open the Clinical Support Systems Program conference looking at the "lessons learned" from this innovative clinician-led Program.

Cooperation is imperative if safety and quality in healthcare is to improve, and this program has built valuable relationships between the medical profession, health care managers, consumers and government.

Despite providing some of the world's highest quality healthcare, we all aspire to further improving quality and safety by developing new ways to support health professionals in decision-making.

The Clinical Support Systems Program has demonstrated the importance of integrating evidence-based decision making into routine clinical practice.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has proven to be effective in implementing changes in clinical practice.

The Program has demonstrated the importance of clinical leadership and the need for "champions" to lead change within.

I understand the program continues to generate further changes at the project sites.

This Program has centred on:

clinicians taking the lead ● multidisciplinary team approaches ● identification of practice variance and the utilisation of data to effect change ● establishment of organisational structures to support change ●

application and evaluation of decision-support tools to effect change; and ●

effective engagement of consumers. ●

I congratulate the Royal College of Physicians for their innovative work in driving this important program.

I also congratulate the medical, nursing, allied health and management personnel who have been involved in making this program a success.

The program has clearly led to local system changes and more effective health care at both patient and organisational level.

For these achievements, and those that will surely follow, I thank and congratulate the College, NICS and the Australian Safety and Quality Council.

I am looking forward to hearing more about the lessons learned and how these improvements can be embedded in the health system.

It is a pleasure to open this Conference knowing today's proceedings will lead to better healthcare in Australia.


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