Gill Hall is the Manager Rehabilitation at ACC.
Gill has spent 28 years working in the health sector in both the UK and NZ. Prior to joining ACC in 2001 she worked at the University of Otago as a clinical teaching fellow in the School of Physiotherapy, and before that at the University of Birmingham NHS Trust in the UK. She’s held various roles related to clinical physiotherapy, research and rehabilitation practice.
Gill’s current role is to lead ACC’s contribution to a national programme improving services for older people – falls and fracture prevention and rehabilitation.
Falls and Fragility Fracture outcomes for NZ older people - A Whole of System approach
Gill Hall1, Shankar Sankaran2, Carmela Petagna3
New Zealand’s health system is facing increasing demand for acute treatment and long-term rehabilitation services as a result of an ageing population. Falls are the most common and costly cause of injury in people over 65 years old and are a significant contributing factor to health service demand. Significant gains have been made in addressing hospital falls over recent years; but the challenge is 99% of older person’s falls occur in the community setting where a targeted population focus is required.
The underlying problem is complex as falls in an older age group reflect frailty. No single funding agency can achieve an integrated service delivery model that delivers consistent and reliable outcomes to older people; a partnership approach across the sector based upon an alliance model is critical.
As part of a national inititiave central agencies are partnering with local health systems, to better support and enable a nation-wide approach to improve falls and fracture service outcomes for older people.
Focussing on population based interventions that have proven effectiveness in the community setting and supported by a national outcomes and best practice framework this initiative has ambitious goals to support older people to live well and independently in their own homes.
The presentation will outline some of the key features of the national approach; empahsising the importance of building a network of clinicians focussed on agreed outcomes aligned with MOH priorities; and will highlight the importance of key enablers such as the hip fracture registry in driving optimal quality in hospital care and prevention of falls and fragility fracutures in the wider community.
1 Accident Compensation Corporation 2 Counties Manukau Health 3 Health, Quality and Safety Commission;
Call for Abstracts open: 25th October 2016
Registration Opens: 18th November 2016
Call for Abstracts Closes: 24th February 2017
Notification of Abstracts: 20th March 2017
Close of Early Registration: 31st March 2017
Conference: 10th May 2017
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