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Emergency Care Institute

June 2021

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ECI updates

ECI Virtual Research Symposium - Friday 25th June 2021

We would like to remind you that the Emergency Care Insititute is hosting the 4th annual Research Symposium on the 25th June.  This free, virtual ECI event aims to exchange ideas, research methodologies and findings across the emergency care research community. 

Abstract submissions have closed, however we will accept poster submissions until the 15th June. Please send you submissions and questions to aci-ecis@health.nsw.gov.au.


Australian Emergency Care Classification (AECC)

On the 25th May, on behalf of the Minisrty of Health Activity Based Management branch, the ECI held a webinar attended by 49 ED Directors and Nurse Managers.  The AECC is the new diagnosis-based classification system for emergency care that will replace the Urgency Related Groups (URGs) on the 1st July 2021. For more information, contact your emergency department leaders or Josephine Andrews who is leading the project.


Staff updates

We are pleased to welcome Kylie Smith who has stared with us as the new ECI Manager. Kylie started her career as an emergency nurse in St George Hospital, Nurse Unit Manager at Bankstown Hospital and most recently as a Clinical Stream Manager at SWSLHD. Kylie brings a wealth of system experience and we are looking forward to working with her in her new role.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Joanna Goodenough and Justine Watkins for acting in the role while recuitment completed.


We are also pleased to announce Laura George has accepted the permanent ECI Project Officer role.  Laura stared her career as an ICU nurse and then moved into the private sector managing state-wide roll outs of medical devices and software integrations.  Since joining the ECI, Laura has worked on the launch of the emergency procedures application, the ECI website redesign and soon to lead the EPIC project.


Clinical updates

Emergency Department Patient Survey 2019-2020 results

The Bureau of Health Information (BHI) is pleased to announce the results from the Emergency Department Patient Survey 2019–20.  The results reflect the experiences of 17,839 patients who attended one of 77 large emergency departments in NSW from July 2019 to June 2020.  To access the report click here


New Memorandum of Understanding between NSW Health and Corrective Services NSW

After extensive consultation the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NSW Health and Corrective Services NSW has been finalised.  The MOU, and supporting documents, can be found here (please note you will need to be logged into the NSW Health network to access).

Underpinning the document is the principle that staff safety, for both Agencies, remains the priority when providing care to custodial patients.  The MOU also sets out the roles of staff in each Agency and provides local and statewide escalation processes where issues are experienced involving the operation of the MOU.

Local Health Districts, Networks and NSW Ambulance have been asked to ensure staff are aware of the MOU and that the local procedures necessary to operational the MOU are developed as a matter of priority.  If you have any questions please contact MOH-WR-Security@health.nsw.gov.au.


ECI research papers

Maka K, Alkhouri H, Wong L, George L, Walton A, McCarthy S. Identifying the activities of physiotherapy practitioners through primary and secondary models of care provided in New South Wales emergency departments. Australas Emerg Care. 2021.


Job opportunity

Bankstown ED Nurse Manager

Bankstown Hospital is recruiting for a Nurse Manager Grade 3 to complement and enhance the current Emergency Department. For role related queries or questions contact Linda Campbell on (02) 9722 8222 and click here for the advertisment.


Innovation Exchange

The Innovation Exchange provides a collaborative place online to share and promote local innovation and improvement projects and resources. This is the place to showcase great work that is happening, to promote innovations and improvements to health services, and recognise the commitment and expertise of staff working in the NSW Health system. 

If you have an innovation that you would like to submit, click here  for more information or contact aci-ecis@health.nsw.gov.au for more information. 


Clinician Connect

Clinician Connect brings you the latest news and healthcare innovations from across the ACI and our clinical networks, institutes and taskforces.  Click here for the latest news.


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