From the Executive Director: Working collaboratively to address health service priorities

In line with our purpose, Monash Partners facilitates collaborative platforms, connecting researchers, clinicians and the community across our Partners and stakeholders to innovate for better health. Adopting a ‘better together’ philosophy the platforms enable and support the sharing of information, expertise and learnings, and build capacity to embed research into healthcare. This includes work in priority areas such as falls prevention and in key enablers including data driven innovation.

Falls are a leading cause of harm across the continuum of care but are particularly challenging in the hospital setting where they are the most frequent clinical risk in patient care. To date, there is a variable evidence base supporting commonly used strategies to prevent falls.

Since 2015 a passionate group of researchers, clinicians, hospital managers and consumers have been working collaboratively under the leadership of Professor Terry Haines, to enhance collective efforts to prevent falls across the Monash Partners network. Their research is investigating the effect of removing mobilisation alarms from use in hospital wards across six of our partner health service organisations.

The three Victorian Research Translation Centres: Monash Partners, the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health and Western Alliance have led the establishment of a collaborative platform across Victoria to reduce the incidence and impact of falls in hospital settings. The platform connects researchers, clinicians, government and community to optimize falls prevention efforts.

New international guidelines on falls prevention are set to be released at the end of this month. Monash Partners looks forward to working within these to further support our collaborative efforts in the prevention of falls.

For more on our falls work, click here.

Otherwise our key Monash Partners Graduate Industry program has progressed well with PhD students well embedded across our health services addressing priority areas from advancing gender equity to enhancing procurement processes and increasing use of My Health Record in the Emergency Department. Learnings here are being shared and new embedded PhD priorities are being explored for further opportunities. Some of this work is outlined here.