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163850 - Clinical Council Forum - Hip Fracture - A Regional Focus

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There are 52 hip fracture admissions in Australia per day/19,000 per year, with a high human cost of 6-10% of 30-day mortality and common loss of mobility and independence. 
This forum is designed to provide practical and data-driven information to develop a Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard to identify and define the care that people should expect to be offered or receive, regardless of where they are treated in Australia. 
During this session presenters will discuss the pre-operative and post-operative management of hip fractures, focusing on Aged Care, regional policies and guidelines, clinical pathways and the orthogeriatric model of care. 
Risk minimisation, mobilisation and weight bearing, discharge planning, rehabilitation, palliative care and transfer back to the local health service/home will be discussed and analysed covering the reality, the gaps and a SWOT analysis.

Relevance to General Practice

The development of a clinical care standard for hip fracture and use of the orthogeriatric model of care is highly relevant to general practitioners in rural and remote areas, where there is often lack of availability of specialist services. It is vital that general practitioners are involved in the planning process of post-operative patients and agreed goals of care, minimisation of risk of another fracture through treatment of bone health and falls prevention strategies. After transition from hospital care, an individualised care plan should be developed collaboratively with the patient's general practitioner. The acute stay in hospital is a short part of the hip fracture journey. The handover and transition of the patient into the care of general practice needs to be informed and accessible with supported rehabilitation. General practitioners are a vital part of the change model of care in the hip fracture journey as they identify at-risk patients and provide ongoing treatment.

Learning outcomes
  • Assess the patient's post-operative progress through individualised care plans.
  • Outline the role of the clinician in the post-operative rehabilitation process.
  • Utilise appropriate referral pathways for rehabilitation such as falls prevention.
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    163850 - Clinical Council Forum - Hip Fracture - A Regional Focus
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