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Community involvement is essential for improved healthcare

Understanding how to work with healthcare workers to advocate for the best possible healthcare outcomes is key to achieving a higher level of patient care.

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How can health consumers achieve a higher level of patient care for themselves and their loved ones?

Understanding how to work with healthcare workers at all levels to advocate for the best possible healthcare outcomes is key to achieving that goal.

These issues will take centre stage at a University of Tasmania Involving Community to Improve Healthcare session in Smithton on Thursday, November 3.

The University’s School of Nursing Associate Professor Pieter Van Dam and Director for Healthcare Redesign within the Tasmanian School of Medicine Dr Sarah Prior will address how healthcare professionals can provide a voice to crucial and valued relationships, using a practice model with the patient and family at its core.

Dr Pieter Van Dam & Dr Sarah Prior
The University of Tasmania’s School of Nursing Associate Professor Pieter Van Dam and Director for Healthcare Redesign within the Tasmanian School of Medicine Dr Sarah Prior will address how healthcare professionals can provide a voice to crucial and valued relationships at a session in Smithton on Thursday, November 3.

Dr Van Dam said the session would give people the chance to learn about their involvement in making healthcare and medical decisions.

Communicating well with your healthcare workers can go a long way towards getting the right care for yourself or your loved one.

“There are good ways to go about doing this and knowing what questions to ask and who to approach can make the process a lot easier, with better outcomes for patients,” Dr Van Dam said.

Dr Prior said whether you are a patient of healthcare services or a caregiver this session would be helpful.

“Compassionate care is important to patients and families. They recognise healthcare workers as one of the most trusted professions,” she said.

“That’s why it is so important that people know how to engage with a healthcare professional to provide a voice to crucial and valued relationships using a practice model with the patient and family at its core.

“It’s fundamental to making good healthcare and medical decisions.”

The University of Tasmania’s session Involving Community to Improve Healthcare is on Thursday, November 3 from 4-5pm at the Study Centre Circular Head, 12 Nelson Street, Smithton.

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