Clinical Excellence Division
The Statewide Respiratory Clinical Network’s membership is multidisciplinary and comprised of Queensland clinicians with an interest in respiratory health.
The Network’s focus is on clinical practice improvement, quality and safety enhancements and provides expertise, direction, and advice on evidence based best practice to Queensland Health clinicians caring for respiratory patients.
The Respiratory Network Steering Committee (SRCN) is chaired by Dr Stephen Morrison from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and meetings are convened bi-monthly. The committee is comprised of medical, nursing and allied health clinicians interested in respiratory health, private sector, general practice and those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There is also consumer representation on the committee.
SRCN Work Groups progress specific priorities under the leadership of the steering committee.
The role of the network
- Focus on clinical practice improvement and quality and safety enhancements in relation to respiratory care, service planning and emerging issues; especially in regard to standards, best practice, planning, workforce, quality, research and clinical information systems.
- Provide expertise, direction and advice to the Queensland Health Executive Management Team in relation to respiratory care, respiratory service planning; and emerging respiratory issues locally, statewide and nationally.
- Provide expertise, direction and advice to clinicians caring for respiratory patients in relation to respiratory care and evidence based best practice.
- Provide opportunities for clinicians specialising in the respiratory arena to communicate and share information with each other.
- Develop an open and supportive environment for clinicians who are involved in, and consumers of, respiratory care in Queensland.
- Foster education and research in Respiratory best practice.
Priorities for 2016-17
- Provision of culturally appropriate spirometry training programs for Indigenous health workers and other health professionals.
- Promote quality in lung function testing practice throughout Queensland.
- Improve access to Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV) in Emergency Departments by developing a guideline in collaboration with the ED Network.
- Develop electronic Asthma Action Plan according to National Asthma Council guidelines to improve the completion of asthma action plans in general practice and hospitals.
- Improvement and standardisation of screening and brief intervention for Smoking Cessation across Queensland Health and Community Services.