Fast-tracked helpline access for aged care nurses welcomed

The health department last week confirmed it was trialling the Fast Track Service in which aged care nurses will be given streamlined access to GPs working at the healthdirect after hours line, who will assist with patient management decisions.

The pilot, involving two South Australian Medicare Locals and the ACT ML, would run from May this year until June 2013 “at which time an evaluation will consider the next steps for the project”, the department said.

It said the pilot was aimed at “addressing gaps in access to primary care services and

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