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West Moreton Aged Care Symposium upskills local health professionals

April 30, 2021

Over 80 West Moreton health professionals and care givers attended the West Moreton Aged Care Symposium in Ipswich last week as an upskilling opportunity for providing quality care for older people in the region.

The two-day educational event was designed to provide residential aged care facility (RACF) staff and primary health care nurses with best practice training and information.

The Symposium featured hands-on skills sessions, expert guest speakers and a trade exhibition for attendees to learn more about topics including palliative care management, dementia, wound care, syringe drivers, stoma care, catheter and PEG insertion, and more.

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN General Manager – Service Delivery Stewart Gordon said the Symposium was an exciting collaborative project between the PHN and the health service.

“We are really grateful for the efforts of West Moreton Health for bringing this event together to support health professionals deliver better care to the older population in the West Moreton region,” Mr Gordon said.

The West Moreton Aged Symposium is just one of a number of key projects being delivered by the PHN in partnership with West Moreton Health to support older people living in the region.

A West Moreton Older Person’s Care Collaborative has recently been established with relevant stakeholders with a focus to create a sustainable, integrated, outcomes-focused, value-based health care service to respond as the population of older people in the region continues to increase.

The two organisation’s are also partnering to develop an five-year aged care strategy and action plan to build on the initial Plan for Older People’s Care which was released in 2019 focused on supporting older people to live well up to and including the end of life.