The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care
4 May 2022
$24 million for innovative research to improve emergency care
An innovative research project will partner with consumers to develop a geriatric urgent care unit, as an alternative to the emergency department for older people, thanks to the Morrison Government.
The Flinders University project, entitled “there must be a better way” is based on an alternative model of urgent care for older people developed in 2021 by the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.
The research will use mixed methods to assess the outcome of this new model for patients, families and the health service, and inform service improvements. There will be a strong focus on involving consumers in all aspects of the research, which will generate new information about their needs and preferences.
The project is one of ten around Australia which will explore better ways to reduce wait times for people presenting to emergency departments (EDs), which will receive a total of $24 million from the Morrison Government through the Medical Research Future Fund’s Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative.
These projects will point the way to new approaches to enable EDs to operate more efficiently and more effectively, to provide better health outcomes for all patients.
This competitive grant opportunity opened in February and was independently peer reviewed.
The University of Tasmania will receive $2,919,107 to conduct research on the use of clinical pathways (CPs) in acute care to improve patient care and reduce pressure on EDs. This project will also utilise a consumer-driven approach to investigate barriers for CP use, develop a scalable and sustainable implementation strategy for CPs, and identify CP priorities to drive further excellence in health care.
In Western Australia, the University of WA will receive $ 2,918,995 for a project focussed on improving emergency health care for older people with cognitive decline or acute illness. OPERATE: Older Persons Early Recognition Access and Treatment in Emergencies will implement, coordinate and evaluate strategies including better care at home rather than in hospitals, streamlined ED and hospital care when necessary, and ensuring safe discharge and ongoing care.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said this investment was part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to investing in our nation’s brightest medical researchers.
“We know right across the country that Australians are facing increased wait times when presenting to hospitals,” Minister Hunt said.
“These projects will look at alternatives to how we can ensure Australians are getting the best care they can, without having to go to an ED.”
“Our Government has invested record funding in medical research, delivering breakthrough advances in treatments and cures and creating more jobs in our world class medical and biotechnology sector.”
The Morrison Government’s $20 billion MRFF, is a long-term, sustainable investment in Australian health and medical research, helping to improve lives, build the economy and contribute to the sustainability of the health system.
This is a stark contrast to Mr Albanese and Labor, who when last in Government stopped listing essential medicines and treatments on the PBS, slashed funding for mental health support and tried to rip funding out of medical research.
Further information about the MRFF is available at www.health.gov.au/mrff
MRFF 2022 Models of Care to Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Acute Care Grant Opportunity
|Giving patients an EPIC‐START: An evidence based, data driven model of care to improve patient care and efficiency in emergency departments||University of Sydney||$2,847,592.26|
|Working together: innovation to improve Emergency Department (ED) performance, and patient outcomes and experience for five complex consumer cohorts||Macquarie University||$2,836,550.49|
|Reshaping the management of lowback pain in emergency departments||University of Sydney||$2,818,123.57|
|StreamlinED – improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Northern Territory (NT) Emergency Departments||Menzies School of Health Research||2,917,464.18|
|Improved Respiratory Support in Remote Settings for Children: A Paediatric Acute Respiratory Intervention Study (PARIS), PARIS on Country||Griffith University||1,630,153.35|
|“There must be a better way”: partnering with consumers to implement a digitally enabled geriatric urgent care unit to improve hospital
|Using a State‐wide Learning Health System for the Rapid Deployment, Evaluation and Translation of New Models of Care in South Australia to Reduce Pressure on Emergency Departments and Acute Care||South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited||2,919,835.57|
|Improving Acute Atrial Fibrillation Management for better patient outcomes||The University of Adelaide||1,075,421.05|
|IMplementing clinical Pathways for Acute Care in Tasmania (IMPACT)||University of Tasmania||2,919,107.98|
|OPERATE: Older Persons Early Recognition Access and Treatment in Emergencies||University of Western Australia||2,918,995.32|