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Subacute Care Improvement Group 28 & 29 November 2018


Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - Thursday, 29 November 2018

Meeting Code

Novotel Melbourne on Collins
270 Collins St

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The Subacute Care Improvement Group aim is to improve the provision of high quality care by sharing information on implementing innovative and effective practice.

This group is dedicated to connecting data and service providers across the system, the theme of the 2018 meeting is  “navigating the subacute system within the hospital and the community”.

This years Subacute Care Improvement Group will continue the progress made in previous meetings by:
  • Developing specific Subacute benchmarking reports that focus on quality and safety of patients
  • Examining and benchmarking different models of care
  • Collecting and benchmarking a consistent and complete data set of SNAP coded patient data
  • Measuring and benchmarking performance across the total patient journey including ED, acute, Subacute and outpatient care
  • Working with key partners

The Subacute Care Improvement Group meeting is an excellent forum for discussion and a great opportunity to hear from leading experts in the field and share innovations from our membership. We hope you can join this growing group and share your wisdom as well as gaining new knowledge from your peers.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Andrea Maier

Prof. Andrea Maier (1978) graduated in Medicine at the Medical University Lübeck (Germany) in 2003 and registered as a specialist Internal Medicine-Geriatrician at the Leiden University Medical Centre (The Netherlands) in 2009. Her research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-  related diseases, with a particular focus on sarcopenia. In 2013, she was appointed as full Professor of Gerontology at the VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Since February 2016 she is Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Aged Care at the University of Melbourne (Australia). During the last 10 years she conducted multiple national and European observational studies as well as clinical trials and published more than 190 peer reviewed articles in international journals. Her innovative, multidisciplinary @Age research team works in the Netherlands (@AgeAmsterdam) and in Australia (@AgeMelbourne). She is an invited member of several international research and health policy committees to eventually increase the visibility, quantity and quality of ageing research.

Louise McKinley

Discussion Breakout Session leads

Michael Bink
MBA, BA (Social Science), BAppSci, GradDip (Prof Writing), Vincent Fairfax Fellow in Ethical Leadership
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the disability sector. He has worked in a range of executive operational roles, including allied health, employment and community development. While at Scope (Aust) he had responsibility for the organisation’s strategy and service development, and inaugurated their research program. Since 2011, he has worked as National Program Manager for Ability First Australia, an industry alliance of 14 leading disability service providers. He is also General Manager of the Ability Roundtable, which provides a platform for benchmarking and service improvement by disability service providers around Australia.

Natalie Anderson
Natalie has over 25 years’ experience in public healthcare and currently works as the Program Manager for Ambulatory Rehabilitation at Barwon Health. Natalie has a range of interests in health and is passionate about consumer driven care and the role of innovation and assistive technology to improve the lives of people living with disability.  She believes that improving equity and access to ‘next practice’ healthcare, is achieved by co-designing systems that use the principles of universal design – where the user’s experience is fundamental to design and the consumer view is central to decision making from the word go. Having trained and worked as a Speech Pathologist for 15 years Natalie’s has remained particularly interested in building better systems around communication access for people with communication support needs either as a result of disability or reduced health literacy.
Natalie is currently responsible for a number of programs that have transitioned to NDIS and so brings some learnings with regards to the health-disability interface and the challenges therein. 

Matthew Parsons
PhD MSc BSc (Hons) RGN
Matthew currently holds the position of Professor in Gerontology across Waikato DHB and The University of Auckland.  He has a strong working relationship with multiple health boards having reviewed or supported implementation of services across many.  He has been heavily involved in service development around older person health, disability and rehabilitation for over 20 years and has been central to a number of key national initiatives including development of supported discharge, implementation of interRAI, development of the Health of Older Person Strategy and Specialist Health Services for older people guidelines.
He has also had significant involvement in the development of restorative home support and the accompanying case-mix funding model across New Zealand and a number of other countries and was has a keen interest in technology having led a large telemedicine trial.
Matthew has won in excess of $20 million in external research funds and has over 100 publications relating to older people, disability and technology.

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HRT1823 Subacute Care Improvement Group
Novotel on Collins, Melbourne 

Day 1 – Wednesday 28th November 2018

8.30 – 9.00am

Registration (Arrival Tea and Coffee)

9.00 – 9.45am

Welcome and Introductions

9.45 – 10.30am

INSIGHTS– Identifying the critical issues

Presentation of Briefing data and Reports

A review of the benchmarked subacute Care reports from across the membership with a discussion of trends and exemplars.

10.30 – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.45pm

INSIGHTS – Developing the burning platform for change

Characteristics and trajectories of patients admitted to subacute geriatric care.

Prof Andrea Maier

Divisional Director Medicine & Community Care, Melbourne Health

Professorial Fellow General Medicine and Aged Care, The University of Melbourne

Professor of Aging, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

INSIGHTS – Identifying the critical issues

What are the burning issues for my hospital / network / DHB

What has been identified from the morning’s presentations

12.45 – 1.30pm


1.30 – 2.45pm

INNOVATION – Innovation Poster Presentations

Each organisation to highlight one or more innovations undertaken in the last 12 months.

2.45 – 3.00pm

Afternoon Tea

3.00 – 3.30pm

INNOVATION– Top 3 Voted Innovation Posters

More detailed presentations of selected posters with discussion and questions.

3.30 – 4.30pm

COLLABORATION – Current state

Deciding how transformational change can occur and develop a clear picture of the ley issue/problem to address


Day 1 summary and close

Walk around Gallery Viewing of Current State Pictures


Networking refreshments and canapes + Walk around gallery viewing of current state pictures


Group Dinner (Optional)

Mezzo Italian Restaurant and Bar

35 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Day 2 – Thursday 29th November 2018

8.20 – 8.30am

Arrival Tea and Coffee

8.30 – 9.30am

Welcome and reflections from day one –

Innovations from around The Health Roundtable

9.30 – 10.15am


Co- design: cure or curse?

Louise McKinley

Director of Consumers as Partners, Safer Care Victoria

Belinda MacLeod-Smith

Consumer Representative, Safer Care Victoria

10.15 – 10.45am

Morning Tea

10.45 – 11.45am

Breakout discussion (Australian context)

Navigating the Hospital - NDIS interface

Michael Bink

National Program Manager, Ability First Australia


Natalie Anderson

Ambulatory Rehabilitation Program Manager, Barwon Health

Breakout discussion (New Zealand)

Developments in ACC’s Non-Acute Rehabilitation

Matthew Parsons

Clinical Chair in Gerontology, Waikato DHB

11.45 – 1.00pm


Data Drill Down – specific small group discussions on specific sub-acute indicators and how to improve performance

1.00 – 1.45pm


1.45 – 2.15pm


Identifying and addressing Key issues in relation to “navigating the subacute system within the hospital and the community”

2.15 – 3.15pm


Team Action Planning: Work within your Subacute Care team to refine the Aim Statement and Action Plan for the upcoming year using local knowledge and inspiration from two days with your peers.


Teams will briefly present their plans to the group for general improvement/discussion/suggestions by other teams.


Teams will access the GO.HRT to input the key issues/assistance needed for their Action Plan.

3.15 – 3.30pm

Determine 2019 Aim statements and 2019 workshop theme


Meeting Ends for 2018


Accommodation & Flight Arrangements
Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements.

Suggested Accommodation

Accommodation Contact Details Reference Code Discounts
Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel
215 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 3 9669 0000
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 3 9250 1888
Mercure Welcome Melbourne
265 Little Bourke Street 3000 Melbourne Australia

+61 3 9639 0555
Adina Apartment Hotels
88 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 3 8663 0000
Stamford Plaza
111 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 3 9659 1000
Novotel Melbourne on Collins
270 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 3 9667 5800

Accommodation & Flight Arrangements
Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements.

Novotel Melbourne on Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
$238.00 per night Standard Queen Room only 
$278.00 per night Deluxe King Room only 
$308.00 per night Junior Suite Room only

Subject to availability at time of booking.
To book the prices above, please book directly with hotel and use the reference

 To book directly (with prices above) +61 3 9667 5800
Reference: HRT1823
Bookings are subject to availability 30 days prior to first arrival. Bookings made within 30 days will be offered best available rate. Any cancellations made within 7 days prior to arrival will be charged in full.