Friday, September 26, 2014

Acronyms and nuns

We find jargon and the use of acronyms very challenging. Recently I was in a meeting with doctors and they were talking about the important role NUMS play in medical education. Only, I thought they said 'nuns' and was terribly confused. It was a useful reminder of the difficulty acronyms pose for consumers in the health system.

Here's a recent collection that has been flying around our committees.

ACTPASACT Patient Administration System 
ADONAssistant Director of Nursing 
ANUAustralian National University 
APFPMAsia Pacific Federation of Project Management 
ATSIAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
B&IBusiness and Infrastructure 
CACHSCancer, Ambulatory and Community Health 
CALDCulturally and Linguistically Diverse 
CCCritical Care 
CHCACTCalvary Health Care ACT 
CHHSCanberra Hospital and Health Services 
CSSClinical Support Services 
CTComputed Tomography 
DDGDeputy Director-General 
DHPDental Health Program 
DONDirector of Nursing 
DRGsDiagnosis Related Groups system 
ECExecutive Council 
Executive Directors Council
Emergency Department or Executive Director 
EHCRE-Health and Clinical Records 
ENTEar, Nose and Throat 
GPGeneral Practitioner 
HAIHealthcare Associated Infections 
HCCAHealth Care Consumers' Association 
HIPHealth Infrastructure Program 
IARMInternal Audit and Risk Management 
ICTInformation and Communication Technology 
ICUIntensive Care Unit 
IDCIn Dwelling Catheter 
IHIIndividual Health Care Identifier (National)
ILCIndependent Living Centre 
JMOJunior Medical Officer 
LCMHCLittle Company of Mary Health Care 
LHNLocal Hospital Network 
MHJHADSMental Health, Justice Health & Alcohol & Drug Service 
MOSUMedical Officer Support Unit 
MRIMagnetic Resonance Imaging 
MROMulti-Resistant Organisms 
NATANational Association of Testing Authority 
NBHFNgunnawal Bush Healing Farm 
NICUNeonatal Intensive Care Unit 
NICUCAMNeonatal Intensive Care Web Camera Project 
NSQHSSNational Safety and Quality Health Service Standards 
NSWNew South Wales 
PCEHRPersonnally Controlled Electronic Health Record 
PETPositron Emission Tomography 
PGRPolicy and Government Relations 
PHPopulation Health 
PIBPerformance Information Branch
PMIPatient Master Index 
PSSBPeople, Strategy & Services Branch 
QIQuality Improvement 
QSBQuality and Safety Branch 
RACCRehabilitation, Aged & Community Care 
RCPAThe Royal College of Pathologists of Australia 
RISPACSRadiation Information and Picture Archive and Communication System 
SCPService and Capital Planning 
SDUStaff Development Unit 
SIDSSudden Infant Death Syndrome 
SOHSurgery and Oral Health 
SOPStandard Operating Procedure 
TCHCanberra Hospital 
WYCWomen’s, Youth and Children 

Darlene Cox
Executive Director

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