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Call for Expressions of Interest – Musculoskeletal Initiative

What is the Musculoskeletal Initiative?

Sydney North Health Network are seeking expressions of interest from up to 30 General Practices to join Phase 2 of the Northern Sydney MusculoSkeletal Initiative (MSI) in Primary Care.  The MSI is a clinical improvement project piloting the introduction of practice nurse led musculoskeletal disease clinics for osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, within general practice.

The project is a partnership between Sydney North Health Network, the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, and Northern Sydney Local Health District.

What are the benefits for your practice?

  • Access to training / education to support management of common chronic musculoskeletal diseases (osteoarthritis and osteoporosis).
  • Improvements in clinical outcomes for your patients with hip/knee osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
  • Identification of additional revenue generation opportunities through better utilisation of existing MBS item numbers.

What support is provided to each participating practice?

  • $500 will be offered to each participating practice to cover time spent preparing for the clinics.
  • Training, mentoring and education of practice staff to develop sustainable strategies for running musculoskeletal disease clinics.
  • Resources for clinicians and patients.
  • 1 on 1 clinician support to facilitate patient identification through practice software and assessment as needed.
  • A business model explaining the use of existing MBS item numbers in the context of the MSI project is also available.

What is required of each participating practice?

  • A commitment to recruit and assess a minimum of 10 patients with hip/knee osteoarthritis, or at risk of osteoporosis.
  • Practice Nurse with access to clinical assessment space.
  • Commitment to engage with training and clinical practice improvement opportunities.
  • Practice must be accredited.
  • Agree to report back on key clinical indicators for each patient.

When is the MSI due to finish?

  • This project is due to finish at the end of June 2016.

If you wish to be involved, please contact Christine Collins on 0477 718 826 or email ccollins@snhn.org.au