interRAI in Australia
interRAI is relatively new in Australia. However, Australian researchers are making a major contribution to research and development of interRAI systems world-wide. Within interRAI, the team at the University of Queensland is responsible for development of interRAI hospital systems. These systems were launched internationally in 2017. They include the interRAI Emergency Department Screener, the Emergency Department Contact Assessment, the interRAI Acute Care (for adult inpatients), the interRAI Acute Care for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and the interRAI Post-Acute Care and Rehabilitation systems.
interRAI Hospital Systems
interRAI Australia advocates for the use of interRAI systems across Australia, because of their wide international acceptance, scientific robustness and unique compatibility across care settings. In Australia: · Large scale implementations of the interRAI Acute Care will commence later in 2019 in Australia and internationally · A statewide implementation of the interRAI Checkup – designed for primary care and community nursing – will also commence in 2019 · The interRAI Acute Care for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment has been available statewide in Queensland for almost 10 years, and is used extensively to support rural hospital telehealth programs and for geriatric consultation services in major hospitals · interRAI systems have been used to support a wide variety of research projects in residential aged care, palliative care, transition care and inpatient rehabilitation interRAI systems are mandated for use in community and residential aged care programs across New Zealand
interRAI participates in international interRAI activities through individuals who are “Fellows”. Australian interRAI Fellows are Professor Len Gray (interRAI Board member and lead of the interRAI Network for Acute Care); Professor Ruth Hubbard (geriatrician and frailty expert); Dr Melinda-Martin Khan (dementia and quality indicator expert); Dr Nancye Peel (applications development expert) and Bonnie Pimm (training expert).
Len Gray, MD, PhD
Ruth E. Hubbard, MD