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Australia : World-beating Queensland Health project wins International Excellence in Health Improvement Award.

Queensland Healths Accelerated Chest Pain Risk Evaluation (ACRE) Project was awarded the International Excellence in Health Improvement Award at the APAC Forum Gala Dinner in Sydney overnight.

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today congratulated the team on the international acclaim for the translation of their research into clinical practice.

The ACRE Project has transformed the way Queensland Emergency Departments assess patients presenting with chest pain, reducing length of stays and releasing emergency capacity in our hospitals, he said.

Each year an estimated 500,000 patients present to hospital emergency departments in Australia with possible cardiac chest pain. The ACRE project implemented a locally researched Accelerated Diagnostic Protocol (ADP) to safely accelerate care of patients that are not suffering a heart attack.

The rollout has seen a decrease in the total average emergency department length of stay by 34 minutes. It has also improved each hospitals performance against National Emergency Access Targets and has led to cost savings of more than $7.5 million dollars being reinvested in other health services.

Within four years of publishing their research, clinical leads Professors Will Parsonage and Louise Cullen (Metro North Hospital and Health Service) undertook an extensive pilot study at Nambour Hospital before rolling out the ADP at 19 hospitals statewide.

Professor Cullen said translating the research into clinical practice was only possible thanks to the enthusiasm and support of Queensland Health and Emergency and Cardiology Department staff in the 19 ACRE hospitals statewide.

With the support of Queensland Healths Clinical Excellence Division we, as clinician-researchers, have been able to take ideas to improve patient care, perform high-quality clinical studies and implement widespread change to the care of emergency patients with chest pain, Professor Cullen said.

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Date:Sep 15, 2016
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