Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What is the National Access Program?


The ACT Government is currently involved in large scale clinical redesign and health service planning to underpin an ambitious capital works program. This is a significant body of work for and has great potential to bring about structural changes to clinical practice, and to improve efficiencies as well as health outcomes for consumers. HCCA is committed to working with the Government to provide independent, effective consumer input in the developing solutions to intractable.

In April 2010 the Council of Australian Governments agreed to sign the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement. The reforms outlined in the Agreement are designed to drive major improvements in service delivery and better health for patients, whilst equipping the health and hospital system to serve the Australian community into the future.
The agreed reform program will change health funding. This funding will be linked to health performance targets, known as the National Access Targets
They are:
• the 4 hour access target - 95% of all clinically appropriate presentations to emergency departments will have been assessed, treated and either admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours of arriving at the emergency department.
• the elective surgery access target – 95% of all people accessing elective surgery should be admitted for surgery within clinically recommended times.

To meet these targets, ACT Health has established the National Access Program to develop and implement the required structures and processes within hospitals in the ACT. The goals of this program of work are to support the delivery of safe and effective care for patients, regardless of the hour of the day, aiming to have the right person in the right place at the right time to meet these targets.

HCCA has received funding for a Consumer Coordiator to work with policy makers and clinicians to ensure consumer perspectives are included in this work.

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