interRAI Australia has submitted a proposal to the Department of Health and Ageing in Australia, advocating for the adoption of the interRAI Suite of Assessment Systems within the Australian aged care program. The proposal aims to address the challenges outlined in the Aged Care Data and Digital Health Strategy, focusing on six guiding principles: Person-centred, Trusted, Tell us once, Diverse, Integrated, and Care focussed.
interRAI is a not-for-profit research collaboration comprising over 100 volunteer researchers and clinicians from more than 40 nations. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals through comprehensive assessment and care planning. The interRAI Suite of Assessment Systems offers standardised assessment and robust data collection across a wide range of health and welfare settings.
The key features of interRAI Systems include comprehensive and standardised assessments, reliable data collection for clinical and administrative decision support, support for software solutions and systematic training, a common language for communication among care providers, and regular updates in line with contemporary research and guidelines. These systems have been adopted internationally and have been proven to align with the guiding principles of the Aged Care Data and Digital Health Strategy.
The proposal submitted by interRAI Australia emphasises the alignment of interRAI Systems with the Strategy’s principles, focusing on person-centred care, trustworthiness, efficient data collection, diversity, integration, and care-focused documentation. It also addresses the key outcomes of the Strategy, including empowering older people and their support networks, digitally empowering care providers, secure and efficient data sharing, and strengthening collaborative, standards-based care systems.
Successful implementation of interRAI Systems requires careful planning, software modification, substantial training, and licensing agreements. The goal is to seamlessly integrate these systems into the daily operations of care providers, improving the lives of vulnerable older citizens through robust assessment and care planning systems.
In conclusion, interRAI Australia’s proposal highlights the potential of the interRAI Suite of Assessment Systems to address the challenges and align with the principles and outcomes of the Aged Care Data and Digital Health Strategy in Australia. It offers a comprehensive solution that can enhance the quality of care for older individuals in various care settings while streamlining data collection and sharing processes.