Positive Staying Strong Australia

Community care provider integratedliving has begun a roll out of telehealth services to 13 different regions in four states following the success of its Staying Strong telehealth pilot project, which trialled inhome and hub-based monitoring of vital signs for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • The $2.1 million Staying Strong trial project, originally funded under the NBN Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program, addressed chronic disease management in rural and remote communities
  • The pilot project helped to deliver a new model of care through telehealth monitoring of vital health signs for 136 older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across New South Wales and Queensland.

Model

The Staying Strong pilot project involved:

  • four NBN-enabled sites - Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Toowoomba and Goodna.
  • The service was delivered both in-home and through telehealth hubs at local Aboriginal medical centres which provide a safe and welcoming environment for older Indigenous community members to
    learn about and use the telehealth service.
  • The project monitored participants with varying conditions, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high blood cholesterol, with integratedliving registered nurses working with participants and their GP to develop individual health and monitoring plans based on these health needs.

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Key Findings

Key Findings

  • Remote telehealth monitoring represented less than half the costs associated with former model
  • Increase in timely and accurate diagnosis
  • Increase in patient awareness and self-management
  • Project identified older Indigenous Australians are quite confident using technology
  • Participants found the technology clear and understandable as well as easy to learn and use
  • Telehealth nursing services cover 13 regions across New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT and Tasmania

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