Children’s Health Queensland awarded ECHO® SuperHub status

21 February 2019 

Children’s Health Queensland has been awarded ECHO® SuperHub™ status by the University of New Mexico in recognition of its high-quality achievements in implementing Project ECHO® across Queensland.

ECHO® is a revolutionary model of care delivery, in which front-line health professionals in rural, remote and under-served areas receive support from tertiary-based specialists. This is facilitated by an online, interactive education and case-based learning model focused on supporting primary and secondary healthcare providers and education professionals to locally manage children and young people with complex needs across Australia and the world.

The goal is to ‘move medical knowledge, not patients’ so all Queensland children and young people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time – regardless of where they live.

CHQ’s designation as an ECHO® SuperHub sees it join a prestigious community of only 12 ECHO® SuperHubs globally, and is the only designated ECHO® SuperHub in the South Pacific region.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said Children’s Health Queensland’s use of the Project ECHO model™ to date had been key in helping Queensland deliver better health outcomes for rural and remote communities.

“Project ECHO® allows for collaborative and mentoring opportunities to share best practices, undertake research and improve health outcomes in local communities across Queensland and internationally,” Mr Miles said.

“As an ECHO® SuperHub, Children’s Health Queensland has the capacity to train other organisations in the model, so they can in turn improve the quality of care in the communities they serve.”

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said the Project ECHO® team looked forward to promoting the program to other organisations to help further improve health outcomes for all Australians.

“As a recognised leader in the global Project ECHO® movement, Children’s Health Queensland is proud to lead this pursuit across the South-Pacific region,” Ms. Dougan said.

“In line with our commitment to offer the best safe, expert, accessible child and family-centred care for children and young people, the ECHO® team will expand its delivery of mentoring, evidence-based advice and support to other frontline service providers across Australia.”

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