Shared transfer of care
Transfer of care refers to the movement of people between locations, providers or different levels of care as their condition and care needs change. This movement is where adverse events and other negative impact on people and their carers can increase significantly. Poor quality transfer of care also places added stress on the Tasmanian health system.
Improving transfers of care is a shared responsibility. The Shared Transfer of Care program is setting the standard for transfers of care by promoting a shared approach between organisations, service providers, communities and healthcare consumers.
It is a way of working that connects care and puts people at the centre.
Check out this short video about transfers of care in Tasmania:
Sharing Points: Guidelines for Shared Transfer of Care
Using the best available evidence, the Shared Transfer of Care program developed a set of guidelines identifying the core principles and elements of high quality shared transfers of care. Check out a summary of the guidelines below:
Improving shared transfers of care
Shared transfers of care occur in complex systems with multiple players and varying needs. Improvements happen when strategies are undertaken to introduce ways to support shared transfer of care at a system and service level, to engage with people, their families and their carers in transfers of care, and when there is an emphasis on communication and teamwork.
The Shared Transfer of Care program has three major resources to help health and community organisations initiate and sustain these strategies. You can download or link to these resources below:
Download a resource to understand and implement shared transfer of care.
Download a resource to support the facilitation of professional training.
Learn about and register for the Shared Transfer of Care online course.
Shared Transfer of Care tools and resources
Throughout the documents above you will find reference to a number of tools and resources to support the implementation of quality shared transfers of care. Check them out below:
Browse templates and tools to implement shared transfer of care by key strategy.
Access the materials for the delivery of professional training on implementing shared transfers of care.
Browse resources and additional reading for implementing shared transfer of care.
Hear consumer experiences and examples of shared transfer of care from the field.
Check out videos related to shared transfer of care concepts and training.
Endorsement for Shared Transfer of Care
Primary Health Tasmania has invited health and education organisations, professional associations and community services to advocate and support this initiative to improve health outcomes for all Tasmanians. The following organisations have endorsed the Guidelines for Shared Transfer of Care:
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Aged and Community Services Tasmania
- Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania
- Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Tasmania
- Calvary Health Care Tasmania, St John’s Campus
- Calvary Health Care Tasmania, St. Vincent’s Campus
- Council of the Ageing Tasmania
- Diabetes Tasmania
- Heart Foundation
- Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Tasmania)
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Tasmanian Council of Social Services
- University of Tasmania, Faculty of Health
For more information about the shared transfer of care program, send us a message or call us on 1300 653 169.