The Quality Improvement Grants program rewards initiatives that specifically focus on creating sustainable systems in medical practice to reduce errors and improve the quality of patient care.
Launched in 2016, the program provides funding of up to $100,000 across eight projects. Funding comprises two $20,000 Practice Grants and six $10,000 Individual Grants.
Applications for the 2018 Avant Quality Improvement Grants program are now open.
Applicants must be:
- An Avant member holding a practitioner policy (not a DIT/Intern/RMO or student); an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia; and Registered with the Medical Board of Australia; or
- An Avant practice policy holder.
- Applications: February to May 2018
- Review of applications: June 2018
- Funded projects announced: June 2018
The Avant Quality Improvement Grants program has eight points of selection criteria, including:
- Your quality improvement and leadership experience
- Project topic area
- Project status (new, continuing), rationale and objectives
- Sustainability of project outcomes and ongoing impact
- How important funding is to the project
See what past grant recipients have achieved
Avant’s Quality Improvement Grants program has funded innovative projects that improve systems of medical care. Previous projects include self-management plans for asthma patients, using IT for better healthcare and patient outcomes, and introducing the MyHealth Record system to specialist practices.
Dr Jillian Tomlinson | VIC | Plastic Surgeon (Melbourne Hand Surgery)
Scholarship amount: $20,000
Specialist medical practices do not receive incentive payments and there are no specialist-specific templates from Colleges or other medical organisations to aid the introduction or use of eHealth in these practices.
Dr Jillian Tomlinson’s project focused on introducing MyHealth Record (MyHR) to a specialist practice. Her project aimed to facilitate the implementation of MyHR in other specialist practices by demonstrating successful introduction of MyHR within her busy solo surgical practice.
The project included developing systems and processes to deliver quality and safety improvements for patients in the delivery of eHealth. Dr Tomlinson also created templates that other practices can use freely and detailed the legislative, workflow and technological challenges encountered along the way.
Dr Tomlinson has extensive experience in the public sector in quality improvement. In 2013, she established Melbourne Hand Surgery, which has now grown from a shared single consulting room to multi-room site with three administrators and six practice nurses.
Dr Pearl Chung | NSW | Rehabilitation
Scholarship amount: $10,000
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major health problem in Australia. Lack of proper communication and access to records within specialised services for TBI patients increases risk of error and leads to fragmented quality of critical care.
Seeking to improve these, Dr Pearl Chung’s project focuses on quality improvement in clinical documentation in TBI. The project aims to develop clinical reporting forms for use in severe TBI across a patient’s journey. By standardising documentation, the aim is to improve interdisciplinary communications and continuity of healthcare delivery.
Dr Chung has had many successful years of project leadership as a student reseacher and in her work. She is currently leading a project for further developing multi-centre collaborations for brain injury research.