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1 Quality and Service Development for Mental Health in Rural Western Australia: HIMpossible? Rachel Wright Snr Project & Quality Management Officer, Great Southern Mental Health Service

2 Essential Concepts Evaluation Catalyst –‘person or thing that acts as an agent in stimulating or causing change’ Macquire Dictionary

3 Quality & Service Development Great Southern Mental Health Service (GSMHS) 86,000 km 2 Population 67,528 Two health regions 28 local government authorities 31 towns

4 Map of GSMHS

5 Role and Responsibilities GSMHS Quality Management Program –ACHS –NMHS Service Development Service Initiatives Research Data Collection Analysis Support to Management Team Strategic plans, BOPs Policies and Procedures Funding requirements

6 HIMpossible? Employment in the rural sector Steep learning curve A multi-disciplinary environment Deeper learning and skill enhancement The ‘silo’ profession

7 Opportunistic Growth A professional ‘conundrum’ HIM skills –unique –highly transferable –an opportunistic environment –rural rewards

8 HIMs as Catalysts Evidence based practice Limited resources with increasing demand The position of HIM skills The employment arena –personal and professional growth The challenge is to be a catalyst

9 HIM Expansion and Opportunities Not a concept, but an attitude Adoption of new concepts Innovation to create vision Recognise opportunities and rewards Establish experts in new fields Time waits for no HIM

10 AHIMA and Change ‘Increasingly, healthcare organizations are moving from silos of practice to continuums of care. They are structured as matrices, teams, and project- orientated work groups. As organizations change, the professional roles within them also change. Health Information Managers increasingly are found in a variety of organizational units in a variety of roles as HIM becomes less centralized and less departmentalized.’ Wing, P & Langalier M.H. (2004)

11 Opportunistic change Change through cumulative effort The wheel and axle analogy Maximum speed and duration Initial efforts Faster rotations, but effort still required Momentum with no additional effort Unstoppable energy

12 The Wheel and Australian HIMs Where do you stand? Attitude of change Who stands beside you? The progressive change? A supportive environment A ‘grass roots’ approach

13 A Collective Effort Gain momentum - reap rewards New opportunities are a roadmap with great potential Our HIM skills are the vehicle Who’s creating the momentum? What destination are you driving towards?

14 References Abdelhak, M. (2005) Maintaining Momentum: Breakthroughs Abundant for Journal of AHIMA, 76 (1):8. Australian Bureau of Statistics. CDATA 2001 – Full GIS. Commonwealth of Australia 2002.

15 References Blair, D. (Ed.). (1984). The Pocket Macquarie Dictionary. Suffolk: The Chaucer Press. Wing, P & Langalier M.H. (2004) The Future of HIM: Employer Insights into the Coming Decade of Rapid Change. Journal of AHIMA, 75 (6),

16 Thankyou Questions and discussion


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