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Our plan for Great Care, Everywhere means building paediatric capacity and capability across the Victorian healthcare sector and increasing awareness and understanding of paediatric health issues among families and communities.
We will collaborate to drive innovation and build capacity and capability in paediatric care everywhere. The RCH values a collaborative approach and recognises working with our patients, families, colleagues and partners will achieve much more than by working alone.
Stronger and broader partnerships across all levels of the health system are needed to meet the growing demand for services and we are committed to working collaboratively with each of our stakeholders, including:
We will innovate to address the challenges confronting our industry, our patients and children everywhere. We understand the importance of fostering a culture that embraces research, education and innovation at every level if we are to maintain our position as one of the world’s great children’s hospitals and deliver a sustainable health service.
We will continue to integrate education and research in our clinical practice and invest in our researchers and clinicians to ensure they can undertake, lead and participate in cutting edge research. We will ensure research is focused on clinical outcomes and pursue new models of care, using data insights to determine how best to deploy our resources to support these changes.
By implementing a digital ecosystem, we aim to disrupt some existing systems and approaches to healthcare, to place the patient and family at the centre of using technology to improve how they access and navigate the complex healthcare landscape.
We will become increasingly adept at using data analytics to predict and inform outcomes in both a clinical and operational context by linking and analysing data and building staff capability in informatics and data management. Our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) will play an enormous and integral role in this moving forward as it allows us to analyse and predict demand, enabling data-driven decision making that supports the best use of our financial, physical and human resources within the RCH and across the health sector.
We will have a strong focus on supporting the successful delivery of the Parkville Connecting Care program – a shared EMR with the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. We will also plan to achieve an Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Level 7 for inpatients, which includes implementation of a closed loop medication management system.
With campus partners, deliver the Melbourne Children’s Centre for Health Informatics, enabling optimisation in data and innovation across clinical practice, research and operations, including:
Develop smarter configurations of hospital spaces to optimise resources and provide the most clinically appropriate care in the most efficient manner, including:
We will advocate to influence positive health and wellbeing outcomes for staff, children and young people. The RCH is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals and we believe it is our responsibility to advocate for children and young people everywhere.
During the next three years, we will take every opportunity to influence issues where Great Care intersects with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We will also work to provide collaborative leadership across the paediatric health sector by advocating on behalf of other health service providers, where appropriate, and working with other services to develop a coordinated state-wide approach to paediatric health services.
As our service and the health sector more broadly face an increasingly challenging environment, we believe that advocacy will play an important role in helping to convey the value of our service to the community and funding bodies, as well as securing support for paediatric health programs in the community.
Consult widely and develop and implement a comprehensive advocacy strategy which positively influences outcomes for children and young people, particularly in the areas of: