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Aged-care acute illness project earns funding

A project aiming to improve the care of nursing home residents who develop acute illnesses has received $1.15 million from the Department of Social Services.

The project is called CEDRiC (Care Co-ordination through Emergency Department, Residential Aged Care and Primary Health Collaboration). A team from the University of the Sunshine Coast is leading it.

“It has three aims: to strengthen the capacity of the residential aged-care sector to deliver care; to improve care for older adults in hospital; and to improve interaction between the sectors,” said team leader professor of nursing Marianne Wallis.

The USC nursing academics are partnering with Nambour General Hospital’s emergency department, Sundale’s residential aged-care services and Sunshine Coast Health Network for the project.

Health editor Dallas Bastian spoke to Wallis about the program and the issues it intends to address. Click below to hear the interview.

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