New Pilot Funds Granted: The PCEHR and People with Communication Disability

This is the title of our new Pilot Project!

 Charting the course for safe care: The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) and adults with communication disabilities.

Grant Awarded by: The University of Newcastle

Amount of Grant: approx $10K

Named Grant Awardees – Dr Bronwyn Hemsley and Prof Paulette van Vliet (The University of Newcastle

Investigators in Grant Application:

Dr Bronwyn Hemsley (UON), Prof. Paulette van Vliet, (UON) A/Prof. Andrew Georgiou (UNSW), Prof. Susan Balandin (VUW), Dr. Sophie Hill (La Trobe Uni), Prof. John Wiggers (UON and Hunter New England Health District), Prof. Isabel Higgins (UON).

This is our rationale for focusing upon the PCEHR at this time:

 The accurate exchange of health information is essential for effective health care delivery, especially when adult patients with communication disability and multiple health needs access both disability and health services. Such information transfer is particularly problematic for adults in Australia with chronic disabling health conditions. In this study we investigate how adults with chronic disabling health conditions and communication difficulties will use the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) to exchange health information across disability and health services. Results will inform initiatives in implementation of the PCEHR that will markedly improve communication of information in the target population, across disability and health services.


Now, we are applying for ethical approval for the Survey to be run in the Hunter NDIS Launch Site.

Stay tuned for advertising and recruitment posts!


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